The Boston court upheld much of Tsarnaev’s conviction, but ordered an inner court judge to carry out a retrial strictly on the sentence Tsarnaev should receive for the crimes eligible for the death penalty for which he was convicted.
A spokeswoman for prosecutor Andrew Lelling said his office is considering the decision and will have more to say “in the coming days and weeks”. A lawyer for Tsarnaev did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, writing for the court, said that the investigating judge “fell short” in conducting the jury selection process and ensuring that he could eliminate partial jurors exposed to pre-trial publicity surrounding the major case. relevance.
Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan provoked five days of panic in Boston on April 15, 2013, when they detonated two homemade pressure cooker bombs at the finish line of the marathon and then went into hiding.
Three nights later, as they tried to flee the city, they sparked a new round of terror in Boston when they owned a car and then shot police officer Sean Collier from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus.
Tsarnaev’s brother died later that night, after a shootout with the police.