Opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should begin next Wednesday, nearly two years after the bombs went off, as the federal judge overseeing the case wound down the difficult two-month process of picking a jury.
After weeks of interviewing potential jurors, US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. has found more than 64 suitable people to serve on what is known as a death-qualified jury, meaning those selected must be willing to hand out the death penalty.
During jury selection Wednesday, O’Toole told one potential juror that the trial “may well” last into June. Hundreds of people have been identified as potential witnesses.
On Monday morning, a hearing will be held to resolve last-minute legal matters.