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BOSTON (AP) — -

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are asking a judge for a later deadline for them to seek moving the trial from Boston.

In a motion filed Monday in federal court, defense lawyers said the current Feb. 28, 2014, deadline is premature since Attorney General Eric Holder isn't expected to announce if prosecutors will seek the death penalty until late January. The lawyers said they will need weeks to evaluate that decision.

They also said the court's future decisions on motions they have filed concerning evidence, including Tsarnaev's statements to police, could affect whether they ask that his trial be moved.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 15 bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

A trial date hasn't been set.

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