BOSTON, Mass. (NEWS10) – It’s been almost two years since the Boston Marathon bombings, and after nearly two months of jury selection the trial against suspected bomber, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, has begun.
The 21-year-old is facing 30 charges; more than half of them carry the possibility of a death penalty. His defense has made several requests to move the trial out of Boston, saying it would be impossible to find an impartial jury, but those requests have been denied.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, who was killed in a shootout with police, set off home-made bombs near the finish line as an act of terror. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured, and now the families of the victims are speaking out ahead of the trial. Some survivors have said they plan to attend the trial; others say they have no desire to be there.
“You know, my two sons went to watch the marathon that day, and they came back 46 and 52 days later, out of the hospital, out of rehab and their lives are forever changed. And this was caused by, you know, an act of terror,” said Liz Norden, who’s two sons lost their legs during the bombing.
The trial is expected to last for three to four months.
The trial officially got underway a little after 9 a.m. Wednesday, with Judge George O’Toole stating that the first stage of the trial is to consider whether defendant is guilty. He said the lengthiest part of the trial will be presenting evidence.
Opening statements began with the prosecution. They stated that the defendant wasn’t at the marathon to watch the race, but that his goal was to kill and maim as many people as possible that day.
WIAT’s sister station NEWS10 is covering the trial throughout the day. Reporter Trishna Begam is live tweeting from the scene: