(BOSTON) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has taken the first step in what could be a lengthy appeals process.
On Monday, the legal team representing Tsarnaev filed a preliminary motion for a new trial after the 21-year-old was convicted on multiple charges and sentenced last month to death on six of them.
The basis of the request was not immediately clear.
Defense attorneys called the filing a “placeholder” until post-trial motions are decided but it does mark the start of appeals that could significantly delay capital punishment.
Tsarnaev is currently at a high-security prison in Colorado awaiting eventual transfer to federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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