Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 charges, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction Tsarnaev’s lawyers had argued that intense media coverage had made it impossible to have a fair trial in Boston. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued the decision more than six months after arguments were heard in the case. The April 15, 2013, attack killed three people and injured more than 260 others.