Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed for a new trial, and argue the trial's venue in Boston was improper.
The lawyers say they are not challenging Tsarnaev’s living conditions in supermax prison in Florence, Colo. or seeking leniency for his sentence. The defense is arguing that the publicity of the trial is enough to toss his conviction.
Tsarnaev was convicted of planting two bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, which resulted in the death of three people and injured more than 260 others. His older brother, Tamerlan, was also involved and was killed following the murder of an MIT police officer, a car-jacking and police shootout. Dzhokar escaped, but later surrendered to authorities and was arrested after a four-day manhunt.
Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges against him on April 8, including 17 that were capital offenses, in connection with the bombing and sentenced to death in June. He is awaiting his move to a federal facility in Terre Haute, Ind., where he will be the youngest inmate waiting to be put to death.
- Christopher Chavez