BOSTON — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev are formally asking a federal judge for more time to prepare arguments as to why their client shouldn’t be subject to the death penalty.
In a brief filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in Boston, Tsarnaev’s lawyers say the current Oct. 24 deadline set by the government doesn’t allow for a “reasonable opportunity” to make their case.
Twin bombings at the April 15 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260.
Federal prosecutors have said they plan to make a recommendation about whether to pursue the death penalty by the end of the month to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will make the final decision.
Prosecutors said at a recent hearing that they believe the defense has had ample time to respond.