Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to seek change of venue

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon terror bomb attacks, plans to seek a change of venue, according to a document filed in federal court.

Tsarnaev’s attorneys filed a motion in US District Court in Boston today seeking more time to file a motion for a change of venue.

“Defense counsel now intend to file a motion to Change Venue; however, because of the need for additional analysis of data and media the defense cannot meet currently set June 18, 2014 deadline, and seeks an enlargement of time to file the Motion,” Tsarnaev’s attorneys said in the document.


“The defense has now completed sufficient preliminary research to determine that a change of venue motion should be filed; however, additional and detailed expert analysis of the venue research and media surrounding this case is required to support a motion to change venue,” the document said.

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Tsarnaev, 20, faces a host of charges in the April 15, 2013 bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Tsarnaev allegedly placed the twin backpack bombs, acting in concert with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan. The two brothers also allegedly killed an MIT police officer.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed several days after the bombings in a confrontation with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later the same day. He also faces state charges in the MIT officer’s murder.