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Prosecutors, defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect due in court for hearing

  • FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Lawyers for Tsarnaev are scheduled to be in federal court in Boston for a status hearing Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. is expected to discuss pending motions, which include requests from the defense to move the trial outside Massachusetts and to delay the start of the trial by at least 10 months. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty.  (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

    FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Lawyers for Tsarnaev are scheduled to be in federal court in Boston for a status hearing Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. is expected to discuss pending motions, which include requests from the defense to move the trial outside Massachusetts and to delay the start of the trial by at least 10 months. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is legally allowed to skip pretrial hearings, and he has done that for every hearing since his arraignment in July 2013. Tsarnaev also did not appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

    FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is legally allowed to skip pretrial hearings, and he has done that for every hearing since his arraignment in July 2013. Tsarnaev also did not appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI, File)  (The Associated Press)

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were due in court for a status hearing on motions that include defense requests to move the trial outside of Massachusetts and delay the trial's start by at least 10 months.

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. was expected to discuss the motions during the hearing on Thursday.

Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors allege that Tsarnaev and his older borther, Tamerlan, detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police several days after the bombings.

Tsarnaev's trial is currently scheduled to begin in November. His attorneys have argued that they need more time to review the large volume of evidence turned over by prosecutors. They say the November trial date would give them about half the median preparation time allowed other defendants facing a federal death sentence over the past decade.

The defense argues that the trial should be moved outside the state, citing the emotional impact the bombing had on many local residents.

Tsarnaev's lawyers also have filed motions to suppress physical evidence and electronically stored evidence. Prosecutors have filed a motion asking the judge to order the defense to disclose "mitigating factors" it intends to cite in arguments against the death penalty if Tsarnaev is convicted.