BOSTON (AP) — A judge has granted a two-month trial delay for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), but has denied a defense request to move the trial to Washington, D. C ,
Judge George O’Toole ruled Wednesday night that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead of Nov.3. Defense attorneys had asked that it be delayed at least until September 2015 .
O’Toole also said there’s no reason to assume before the trial that a fair jury cannot be found in Massachusetts . He rejected a defense request to move the trial.
Prosecutors say 21-year-old Tsarnaev and his now-deceased older brother placed two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon’s finish line last year. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.
Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted.