Defense attorney for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued before a federal judge today that they need more time to prepare their case and the Nov. 3 trial date for the high-profile case should be pushed back.

“There is just too much to do,” said attorney David Bruck.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev, who is accused in the April 15, 2013, attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Bruck told US District Judge George A. O’Toole in a hearing on various motions today that of 119 federal death penalty cases that have gone to trial, the median time before trial is twice as much time as the time currently allotted, about 18 months.

He said the case was atypical, involving investigation in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He said the only two other similar cases took four years and five years.

Bruck, quoting President Obama’s promise to “get to the bottom” of the bombing, said the defense investigation would help shed more light on the case.

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