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Boston Suspect Makes Rare Public Appearance

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in court for the first public appearance in a year and a half - reported the SkyNews. Tsarnaev, 21, showed up at a final pre-trial conference in Boston, and security around the courthouse was tight. He was led into the courtroom by US marshals. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the police shootout He is wearing a black sweater and grey trousers and sporting a scruffy beard. He smiled to his attorneys and one patted him on the arm. It is the last scheduled court hearing before jury selection in his trial begins on 5 January. The trial is expected to last several months.  Before Thursday, Tsarnaev was last seen in public for his arraignment in July 2013, when he bore signs of the standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan. He had visible injuries, his left arm was in a cast and his face was swollen. He appeared to have a jaw injury. The police shootout happened a few days after the 15 April 2013 marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty, faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted. A defence motion to move the trial out of Boston is pending. Tsarnaev's lawyers have sought to have the trial moved on grounds that "emotionally charged" media coverage and the widespread impact of the attacks have made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in Massachusetts.

Dec. 18, 2014, 7:41 p.m. PHOTO
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