It’s official: The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will stay in the city, a federal judge ruled Wednesday night.
Lawyers for the 21-year-old man told the court last week their client wouldn’t receive a fair trial in Boston, and requested the case be moved to a Washington, D.C. courtroom.
“The defendant has not proven that this is one of the rare and extreme cases for which a presumption of prejudice is warranted,’’ the decision reads. “Although media coverage of this case has been extensive, at this stage the defendant has failed to show that it has so inflamed and pervasively prejudiced the pool that a fair and impartial jury cannot be empaneled in this District.’’
The judge did grant another request by the Tsarnaev legal team, granting an extra two months of preparation by postponing the trial to Jan. 5, 2015. The final pretrial conference will be held on Dec. 18.
Tsarnaev faces 30 counts related to the attack that killed three people and injured hundreds. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.