Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court Monday

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Posted: Oct 20, 2014 7:13 AM

By Daniel Lovering

BOSTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are scheduled to meet in court on Monday to discuss defense requests to throw out evidence and other plans for his trial due to start in January.Prosecutors contend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, killed three people and injured more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.They also say he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed a university police officer three days later as they attempted to flee the city. Tamerlan died later that night after a gunfight with police.The surviving Tsarnaev brother faces the possibility of execution if he is convicted.In a court filing on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz noted several pending motions in the case, including requests by Tsarnaev's lawyers to suppress physical and electronically stored evidence and the government's opposition.Defense attorneys earlier this month asked the court to order the government to provide full documents purportedly from the Russian government that outline Tamerlan Tsarnaev's "pre-existing intention to engage in violent jihad," according to court documents.Last month, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole denied a bid by Tsarnaev to move his trial out of Boston, but agreed to delay the start of the trial by two months to January, pushing it back after the U.S. holiday season.

(Editing by Scott Malone)