Boston Marathon Bombing

Defense Attorneys in Boston Bombing Case Eyeing Deal to Avoid Death Penalty

Suspect may agree to cooperate in exchange for a life sentence


Prosecutors and lawyers for surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have begun very early discussions about a possible deal, in which he would cooperate in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, legal sources said Monday.

As details of the nascent negotiations emerged, a lawyer who has helped other high-profile suspects cut deals that kept them out of the execution chamber got permission to join Tsarnaev's defense team.