Case against marathon bombing suspect to be heard in federal court
BOSTON (AP) – Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are headed to court to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment charging him in twin explosions at last year’s marathon. The blasts killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers say many of the charges are redundant and could sway jurors who will weigh whether to find him guilty and whether to sentence him to death. More than half the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.
U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. will hear arguments Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, built two pressure cooker bombs and placed them near the finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police.
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