Tsarnaev Faces More Potential Jurors

As some prospective jurors got their first look at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused of bombing the renowned Boston Marathon, it became clear that choosing a jury in the closely watched terror case would not be a quick or simple process.

Walking into the jury room swinging his arms, then sitting uncomfortably between his attorneys, 21-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seemed to try to do everything possible to avoid making eye contact with the pool of prospective jurors who could decide his fate.

Dressed in khakis with a dark colored sweater over a collared shirt, Tsarnaev often pulled at his beard, scratched at his face or fidgeted, seeming unsure what to do with his hands in the two jury panel sessions Tuesday.

At one point, he showed a nervous smile as attorneys Judy Clark and Miriam Conrad appeared to try to calm him down.

As Judge George O'Toole laid out a summary of the allegations against him, Tsarnaev looked down, up at the ceiling, or in the direction of the judge and appeared to try to show little reaction.

Jurors seemed very attentive, listening closely to the judge's instructions, at times craning their necks to see the accused marathon bomber, sitting mere feet from them.

Each juror was then left to fill out a questionnaire here at the courthouse, including attachments where they must identify whether they know potential witnesses listed before them.

The jurors won't find out until next week if they've been excused or if they will be further questioned in the voir dire process.

The final two panels of jurors will report to federal court Wednesday. The plan is to begin seating jurors late next week.

Opening statements are scheduled to start on or after Jan. 26.

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