Tsarnaev trial date postponed, jury selection continues

Boston Marathon Bombing
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. His trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Jury selection continues Thursday, but a snag in picking prospective jurors to reside in the case has caused a sudden change in plan.

According to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the start of presentation for the Boston Marathon Bombings trial has been postponed from the original Jan. 26 start date.

With jury selection taking longer than anticipated, the federal court has delayed the start date, saying the original date, “is not realistic.”

Wednesday marked day four of individual juror questioning, and day seven of the entire selection process.

Twenty-one people were brought in though only nine were screened – bringing the total examined so far to 61.

Ultimately 18 people will be seated – 12 jurors and six alternates. Alternates will be randomly excluded just before the trial and won’t take part in the deliberations.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with 30 federal counts in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and in the killing of an MIT police officer in Watertown during the manhunt. Three people died and more than 260 were injured when bombs exploded near the finish line.

Tsarnaev, 21, could face the death penalty if convicted.

It is not yet known what the new start date will be.

Although, a probable start date is expected to come sometime next week.

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