Jan 5, 2015 6:46 AM by Cheryl Wengren
BOSTON (AP) - Jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), accused in the Boston Marathon attacks, begins today.
Those chosen from a pool of about 1,200 will decide whether Tsarnaev planned and carried out the twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013. If they find him guilty, they will decide whether he should be put to death.
It's perhaps the most closely watched federal death penalty case since Timothy McVeigh was convicted and executed for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Tsarnaev's lawyers tried in vain for months to get the trial moved, arguing the Boston jury pool was tainted because of the number of locals with connections to the race.
Jury selection alone is expected to take several. The process also could be slowed if potential jurors express objections to the death penalty.