Boston bomber to seek new trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion for a new trial, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed a preliminary motion for a new trial for his conviction and death sentence.

The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is “required in the interests of justice”.

The 21-year-old was convicted of 30 charges in the bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

The same jury recommended the death penalty, and a federal judge on June 24 sentenced him to death.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers called the motion a “placeholder” until they can file a more detailed motion next month.

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