Jury Chosen, Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Finally Is Under Way


After two months of painstaking jury selection, the federal trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was accused in the bombing of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, finally is under way in Boston, the Boston Globe reports. Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 charges, including 17 that carry the possibility of the death penalty. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured.

U.S. District Court Judge George O'Toole rejected the defense's fourth attempt to have the trial moved. The defense attorneys have unsuccesfully argued that a fair and impartial jury cannot be found in a region that was shaken to its core by the attack on the renowned sporting event. O'Toole swore in the jury. Ten women and eight men were selected as the 12 jurors and six alternates. Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Marathon, was expected to be the first witness.

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