Defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a fourth motion to move his trial from the city.
The filing Monday on the eve of seating a jury acknowledges three previous motions have been denied. It says the fourth is to complete the record and reinforce opposition to holding the trial in Boston now that provisional juror qualification is complete.
The defense says 48 of the 75 qualified jurors said on their questionnaires they believe Tsarnaev is guilty and/or have connections to the deadly bombing. The filing says individual questioning wasn’t enough to ensure a fair trial.
Prosecutors say many of the connections jurors listed were trivial and all those qualified said they could presume Tsarnaev’s innocence.