Dec 31, 2014 5:52 PM
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are appealing a federal judge's decision not to move his trial out of Massachusetts.
The defense filed its motion Wednesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, hours after Judge George O'Toole denied the change-of-venue request.
Jury selection in the trial is scheduled to begin Monday. The defense is now also asking that O'Toole stay the start of jury selection pending the outcome of the appeal.
Defense lawyers had said it would be impossible to find an impartial jury in Massachusetts.
Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges connected to the April 2013 explosions that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.