Penalty Phase of Marathon Bombing Trial to Start After Race

BOSTON (AP) -

The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year’s race.

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. granted a request Friday from Tsarnaev’s lawyers to give the defense additional time to resolve logistical issues with potential witnesses.

Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted by a federal jury last week Wednesday in the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. The jury convicted him on all 30 counts, including 17 that make him eligible for the death penalty.

During the second stage — known as the penalty phase — the same jury will hear additional evidence and be asked to decide whether he receives the death penalty or is sentenced to life in prison.