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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

1 year 10 months 4 days ago December 18, 2014 Dec 18, 2014 Thursday, December 18 2014 December 18, 2014 10:14 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BOSTON - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has made his final court appearance before his trial begins next month.

The mother-in-law of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed at his Florida home while being questioned by the FBI and Massachusetts State Police after the bombings, shouted at Tsarnaev in Russian in the courtroom.

Elena Teyer says she told him: "We prayed for you. Be strong, my son. We know you are innocent."

Tsarnaev faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted in the April 2013 bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

Jury selection for his federal trial begins Jan. 5.

The judge made no rulings Thursday. He says he will rule in writing on pending motions, including the defense's latest push to move the trial.

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