Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the Boston marathon bomber suspect look to delay trial until September 2015. Tsarnaev is the primary suspect for the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and left more than 260 injured. If the court approves the request to delay the trial more than two and half years will have elapsed since the tragic incident before the Boston Marathon bomber faces charges in court.
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a request with the federal court in Massachusetts on Monday to delay the trial. Mr. Tsarnaev’s attorneys claim they need more time to examine all the physical evidence in the case. Prosecutors in the case are seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev who has plead not guilty to all the charges that he faces. One of those charges is for using a weapon of mass destruction during April 15 attacks last year.
“During a review of a portion of the physical evidence during the week of January 13, 2014, the defense asked the government to copy various items that the government had made available for inspection and review, the government agreed to provide copies of the requested items, but the defense has not yet received the copies. The defense has not yet had an opportunity to review numerous additional items of physical evidence, including nearly 2,000 items that reportedly are still being analyzed by the FBI and items kept at additional locations.” According to reports given to the Associated Press.
The trial is expected to last for at least for 12 weeks once it gets underway. Former U.S. attorney Gerald T. Leone Jr. who tried the Boston shoe bomber, says he agrees with the request for a delay because of the complexity of the case.
Attorneys For Boston Marathon Bomber Look To Delay Trial