Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to make his first public appearance in a year as he will be produced in the court on Thursday.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers are preparing well to launch a strong defence before the start of his trial in January next year on charges of executing the deadly 2013 attack.
The 21-year-old suspect has last appeared at the US District Court in Boston last year in July. In 2003, he was charged with taking lives of three people and injuring over 260 in a bomb blast. According to the reports, the blast was carried with a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs at the crowded finish line of race on April 15 last year. He was charged with fatally shooting a university cop three days later.
If convicted, Tsarnaev will face a possibility of execution during a trial which is likely to run for three months.
Meanwhile, the court hearing on Thursday will be the final pre-trial conference in Tsarnaev’s case. In the coming weeks, the defense attorneys and prosecutors are disputing several issues such as how much they should disclose about the witnesses they are considering to call during the court hearing.
The Tsarnaev brothers had moved to the US from restive Chechnya region in Russia ten years before the deadly attack.
After carrying the attack, Dzhokhar had left a note inside the boat where he was captured. The note suggested that the fatal attack during a marathon had been initiated by the US military campaigns in Muslim countries.