Oct 20, 2014 4:29 AM
Lawyers due in court in marathon bombing case
The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court Monday for a status conference.
Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs near the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombing.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers and prosecutors are scheduled to meet with Judge George O'Toole Jr. on Monday morning in U.S. District Court. In a court filing Thursday, the two sides said they are awaiting rulings from the judge on several requests, including a defense request to order prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have linking Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a 2011 triple slaying in Waltham. The defense says a prosecution witness could testify that Dzhokhar knew his brother was involved in the unsolved killings of three men, which could show that Tamerlan wielded influence over his brother in the marathon bombing.
Tsarnaev is being held in a federal prison while awaiting his trial, which is scheduled to begin in January. He is not expected to be present at the hearing Monday.