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Judge to hear Boston Marathon bomber’s request for new trial

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

BOSTON— A judge is set to hear arguments on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request for a new trial this week.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court to hear Tsarnaev’s request for a new trial in a different location. The defense has said a local jury could not be objective.

Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death earlier this year for his role in the 2013 attack. Twin bombs placed near the finish line by Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

During his trial, Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted that he and his brother carried out the bombings, but argued that his brother was the mastermind.