January 5, 2015 9:16 PM EST

The man charged with the terror attack near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon went on trial Monday in a federal courthouse less than two miles from where two bombs, concealed in backpacks, exploded with devastating force.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in khakis and a dark shirt with sleeves rolled up, watched as Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. addressed batches of prospective jurors and sent them off to fill out questionnaires. Jury selection got underway after defense lawyers lost repeated bids to have the trial delayed or moved out of Boston.

As Tsarnaev was led into court for an afternoon session…

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