BOSTON (Reuters) – Jury selection is set to begin on Monday for the trial of the last of three college friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to face charges relating to a visit the trio made to the suspect’s dorm room three days after the deadly attack.
The trial will focus on a visit Robel Phillipos, 21, and two Kazakh exchange students made to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room, at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his older brother, identifying them as suspects in the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – Mass shootings have occurred in the United States with increasing frequency over the past 14 years, with 486 people killed in 160 incidents, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation analysis released on Wednesday.
There were an average of 16.4 active-shooter incidents from 2007 through 2013, more than double the 6.4 average from 2000 to 2006, the report found.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge denied a renewed plea by a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to move his trial on charges of lying to investigators outside the city that was the site of the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
The defendant, Robel Phillipos, accompanied two Kazakh exchange students to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college dorm room three days after the April 15, 2013, bombing, where they removed a laptop computer and a backpack containing empty fireworks shells, according to federal prosecutors.