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Boston Bombing Suspect Appears In Court


Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has appeared in court for the first time since being arraigned in July 2013.

Tsarnaev, 21, was making his final pretrial appearance on December 18 before his trial starts next month.

Last July, Tsarnaev, pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges against him. He faces the death penalty if he is convicted.

Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan are accused of planting the bombs in backpacks near the finish line.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police as the brothers attempted to flee the Boston area several days after the bombing.

Tsarnaev's trial is set to start on January 5 with jury selection.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP