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Prosecutors, lawyers head to court to discuss trial schedule for Boston Marathon suspect

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FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings on April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Prosecutors and lawyers for Tsarnaev are headed to court Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 to discuss a trial date and a pretrial schedule. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)The Associated Press

Prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are headed to court to discuss a trial date and a pretrial schedule.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Tsarnaev's lawyers have asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015. Prosecutors have said they hope to have the trial this fall.

The 20-year-old Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out a terrorist attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Prosecutors allege that he and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two homemade pressure cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line last April. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police.

Prosecutors announced last month they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts.

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