Hearing set for marathon bomber’s request for new trial

By The Associated Press


BOSTON (AP) _ A federal judge will hear arguments next month on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request for a new trial.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers said in a motion filed in August that he did not receive a fair trial in Boston.

They argued that because of widespread outrage in the city after the attack, jurors could not be objective. They asked for a different location for a trial.

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. scheduled a hearing Friday for Dec. 1.

Tsarnaev was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to death in the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

During the trial, his lawyers acknowledged he and his brother carried out the double bombing, but that his brother was the mastermind.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a police shootout.

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