A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death penalty for the man responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, detonated two bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. While Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with law enforcement, Dzhokhar was apprehended following a massive manhunt and is currently being held at a high-security prison in Florence, Colorado.
A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial, saying the judge presiding over the trial did not thoroughly screen jurors for potential biases.
Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson assured that the court's ruling had no bearing on Tsarnaev's freedom.
"But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution," Thompson wrote in the 224-page opinion.
🔦 The brothers said they carried out the attacks in the name of Islam.