Death Penalty Protocol Focus of Mass. Bomb Hearing

By: AP
By: AP

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will ask a judge to discuss the timeline and procedure for prosecutors to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

The status conference is being held Monday in federal court. The 20-year-old Tsarnaev isn't expected to attend.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will ultimately make the decision about whether to seek the federal death penalty, but the U.S. attorney's office in Boston will make a recommendation. Tsarnaev's attorneys also have a right to present their case.

Tsarnaev is accused in twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the finish line of the April 15 marathon. He's also accused of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer while on the run three days later.


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