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Boston Marathon bomber trial delayed until January

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if found guilty. Credit: FBI

A US judge has has overturned a bid by the man accused of the Boston Marathon bombings to move his trial out of the city where the atrocity took place.

However, US District Judge George O'Toole agreed to delay the start of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by two months to January, pushing it back to after the US holiday season.

US seeking death penalty for Boston suspect Tsarnaev

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if found guilty. Credit: FBI

US prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathan bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement today.

"The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision," Holder said.

Prosecutors say that Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, planted a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on 15th April 2013, killing three people and wounding 264.

Three nights later, the pair killed a university police officer and later engaged in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, it is alleged.

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