With jury selection finally finished, the trial surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was set to start in earnest Wednesday. Attorneys were expected to give their opening statements beginning at 9 a.m. in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old Chechen-American accused of planting bombs near the marathon's finish line -- an act that killed three people and injured more than 260. If convicted, Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.
Despite repeated requests by Tsarnaev's lawyers to move the trial out of Boston, 10 local women and eight men were named to the jury Tuesday after two months of the selection process. CNN reported they are almost all white and middle-aged. The jury includes a nurse, a fashion designer, a painter and a restaurant manager. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole told them the trial could last through June.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 federal charges, including bombing a public place, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Police say Islamist extremism motivated Tsarnaev and his late brother, Tamerlan, to create pressure-cooker bombs for the marathon. The two then allegedly killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and engaged in a shootout with police. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in the confrontation, and a badly wounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was later arrested.
During the high-profile trial, Tsarnaev's defense is expected to argue that the college student was coerced into radicalism by his older brother. Attorney David Bruck told the Boston Globe that the defense will say Tsarnaev fell prey to domination, adoration and submission, because if not for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, "the Boston Marathon bombing would never have occurred."
Because the criminal trial is in federal court, no video recording is allowed. That means no live streams. Here are a few ways to follow along:
1. Track the #tsarnaev hashtag on Twitter, where reporters are tweeting from the federal courthouse in Boston.
3. Log on to CBS Boston for periodic updates and footage from the city's streets.