Sep 12, 2014 4:05 PM
Lawyers agree on jury process in Marathon trial
The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have reached an agreement on the process for selecting a jury in the terrorism case.
In order to pick 12 jurors and 6 alternates, the lawyers want the court to issue jury summonses to 2,000 people about six weeks before the trial, which is currently set for Nov. 3.
The two sides then hope to pare that list down to 800 people who will be asked to fill out questionnaires in person. Then, with the judge's approval, they will further whittle down that list to 70 qualified jurors.
Tsarnaev is accused of detonating two bombs at the 2013 marathon along with his now-deceased brother, killing three people and injuring about 260 others. He could face the death penalty if convicted.