Coming blizzard postpones jury selection in death penalty trial of marathon bombing suspect


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BOSTON — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. acknowledged Monday that jury selection has been moving more slowly than anticipated but said, "We're making good progress."

O'Toole originally said he hoped to question about 40 people per day. But during the first six days, a total of 81 people were questioned.

O'Toole said no jurors will be called in Tuesday because an impending blizzard is expected to dump 2 to 3 feet of snow on the region.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to federal crimes.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the 2013 bombing.

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