Court to summon 2,000 potential jurors for Tsarnaev trial

(AP Photo/Margaret Small)

BOSTON (WPRI) — With less than two months to go before the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to start, the defense and prosecutors have agreed to a jury selection process.

Pending court approval, the agreement calls for 2,000 summonses to be mailed to potential jurors about six weeks in advance of the trial, which is slated to start Nov. 3.

According to court documents, on the first day of jury selection, 800 potential jurors will be brought into the Jury Assembly Room in groups of 200. There they will be told “about the case, introduced to the parties and attorneys, and read the names of potential witnesses.”

Potential jurors will then fill out a questionnaire agreed upon by the defense and prosecution. After the questionnaires are complete and reviewed, lawyers will whittle down the pool, until a jury of 12 jurors and six alternates is empaneled.

Authorities say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, set off the two bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police days after the explosion.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.



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