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Marathon Bombing Trial Nears Opening Statements

Law enforcement officials stand guard outside the Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on January 4, 2015 in Boston. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officials stand guard outside the Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on January 4, 2015 in Boston. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Today lawyers for and against 21-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are winnowing down a final jury of 12 and six alternates to hear opening arguments in the case, expected tomorrow.

Tsarnaev faces the federal death penalty for the 2013 bombings, and there remains a chance that he might change his not-guilty plea to guilty, in an attempt to avoid the death penalty in the sentencing phase.

WBUR’s David Boeri has been covering the case and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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