A federal appeals court overturned Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, death penalty sentence on Friday after a review at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev no longer faces the death penalty for his involvement in the 2013 attack which killed three people and wounded more than 260.
He and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was shot to death in the early hours of April 19th, 2013, detonated homemade bombs at the Marathon’s finish line.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld much of Tsarnaev's conviction but ordered a lower-court judge to hold a new trial over what penalty Dzhokhar should receive.
In October 2019, Dzhokhar's lawyers filed an appeal of his death sentence, claiming their client wasn't able to receive a fair trial in Massachusetts.
His lawyers argued much of the region was affected the the April 15th attack, to Dzhokhar's detriment.
They also said the government used inadmissible evidence during the trial and Dzhokhar's constitutional rights were violated.
Two of the jurors allegedly lied during the selection process, further affecting Dzhokhar's right to a fair trial.
Court documents said: "Tsarnaev’s death sentences on counts 4, 5, 9, 10, and 14 are vacated, and the matter is remanded to the district court with directions to hold a new penalty-phase trial consistent with the opinion issued this day."
In 2015, Bill and Denise Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest fatality in the attack, had asked the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the death penalty.
The couple said death would only "prolong their pain" and sought to end "the anguish" from the 2013 attack.
In a statement, they wrote: "We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.
"To end the anguish, drop the death penalty."