Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Wants 2015 Trial
Prosecutors say the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev is expected to last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and a jury then has to decide whether he should get the death penalty.
The trial estimate was included in a joint status report filed in court Monday by federal prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers ahead of a court hearing scheduled Wednesday.
In the report, the defense said it wants a trial date no earlier than September 2015; prosecutors did not include a request for a specific trial date.
The 20-year-old Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the attack last April that killed three people and wounded 260 others. Authorities say he and his older brother, Tamerlan, built and planted two pressure cooker bombs near the marathon finish line.