Boston bomb trial will stay in city

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial will stay in the city, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday, thwarting a fourth attempt by the suspect's lawyers to find another venue given concerns over a jury's impartiality. 

In a split decision, the three-judge panel ruled they were "unable to conclude that it is clear and indisputable that the petitioner cannot receive a fair trial by an impartial jury in the Eastern Division of Massachusetts," according to Reuters.


Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch and Circuit Judge Jeffrey R. Howard believed that Tsarnaev had "not met the well-established standards” for the court to step in and grant moving the trial out of Boston, according to The Boston Globe.

The judges cited other high-profile cases such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing to argue that cases can be tried near the location of a high-profile crime, according to the Globe.

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty for the 2013 bombing, which killed three spectators and left another 264 injured. Authorities captured Tsarnaev after a massive manhunt that left an MIT officer dead. His brother, Tamerlan, who was also a suspect in the bombing, died after a shootout with police.

Next week, defense attorneys and prosecutors will narrow the jury field further, Reuters reported, from around 70 potential jurors to a dozen, with six alternates.