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Tsarnaev Trial Jury Selection to Resume

Jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to resume Wednesday

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Jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to resume Wednesday.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 federal charges in connection with the twin explosions at the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured. Tsarnaev is also accused in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days after the bombings. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a gun battle with police. Prosecutors say the brothers planned and carried out the bombings to retaliate against the U.S. for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.

In a filing Tuesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors noted that the judge has already qualified 54 people to serve as jurors. They said of those, 63 percent indicated they have not formed an opinion that Tsarnaev is guilty and 37 percent indicated they could set aside their opinions and be impartial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers say he cannot receive a fair trial in Massachusetts because too many people believe he's guilty and have personal connections to the marathon or bombing.

The appeals court will hear arguments Thursday.

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