Judge Refuses to Delay, Move Marathon Bombing Trial

WASHINGTON (Tribune Washington Bureau/TNS) -

A federal judge Wednesday denied requests by defense attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move the case from Boston and to delay the trial until September, setting the stage for jury selection to begin Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing attacks that claimed three lives and injured 260 more.

U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. made the announcement in a brief court filing.

Defense lawyers have argued they cannot get a fair trial in Boston, especially in a downtown courthouse so close to the route of the April 2013 marathon. They had asked the judge to move the trial to western Massachusetts, New York City or Washington.

Defense attorneys also had wanted a trial delay until September. Government prosecutors vigorously opposed both moving the trial from Boston and delaying it.