BOSTON, United States, Jan 4 – The trial of the only suspect in the Boston bombings begins Monday with jury selection, 20 months after the attack that turned the city’s annual marathon into a scene of carnage.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, a young Muslim of Chechen origin, faces the death penalty for the bombing that was the worst act of terror on US soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Tsarnaev must be present in federal court in Boston for the beginning of the trial process.
Two bombs placed near the end of the Boston marathon and detonated 12 seconds apart, allegedly by Tsarnaev and his brother, killed three people and wounded 264 on April 15, 2013.
The trial is expected to last at least three months and it will likely revive painful memories for the city’s residents. READ: Boston remembers marathon victims one year on.
Some who were victims of the attack have vowed to attend every day of the trial, others are more reluctant to relive the scarring experience.
Some people have even refused to even look at Tsarnaev, who arrived to the Boston area with his family eight years ago and was naturalized a US citizen in 2012.
Tsarnaev will appear alone at trial. His older brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a confrontation with police days after the attacks. It may be Tamerlan who the defence tries to paint as the mastermind behind the plot.
After a manhunt that included thousands of police, Dzhokhar was arrested a few hours after the death of his brother. He was seriously injured and hiding in a boat in a Boston suburb.