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Judge Delays Boston Marathon Bombing Trial, Won't Move It

This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is legally allowed to skip pretrial hearings, and he has done that for every hearing since his arraignment in July 2013. Tsarnaev also did not appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has granted a two-month trial delay for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), but denied a defense request to move his trial.

Judge George O'Toole ruled Wednesday night that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead of Nov.3.

He said there's no reason to assume before the trial that a fair jury cannot be found in Massachusetts.

FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is legally allowed to skip pretrial hearings, and he has done that for every hearing since his arraignment in July 2013. Tsarnaev also did not appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Defense attorneys had asked to have the trial moved to Washington, D.C., and delayed until at least September 2015.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Tsarnaev and his now-deceased older brother placed two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line last year. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted.

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