MOSCOW, July 7 (RAPSI) – Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a motion for a new trial hoping to lift their defendant's death sentence, The New York Times has reported.
According to The New York Times, Tsarnaev's lawyers are expected to make a detailed motion by August 17, 2015 while current motion is procedural in nature.
Convict's legal team may argue that they were not allowed to move the trial out of Boston or that jurors were not instructed on potential life sentence for Tsarnaev, The New York Times has reported.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
Tsarnaev was found guilty on all charges on April 8, 2015. He was officially sentenced to death on June 24, 2015. Tsarnaev has spoken for the first time during the trial on that day admitting his guilt and asking for forgiveness.