Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen in public for the first time in more than a year and a half. He appeared in a federal courtroom for 25 minutes in preparation for his trial. Tsarnaev, then 21, appeared well-dressed, lucid, and alert. His curly brown hair was long and unkempt, and he had a full beard. He touched his face at times and fidgeted. Tsarnaev stood and politely answered “Yes, sir,” when US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. asked whether he has followed the proceedings and has been communicating with his lawyers leading up to the scheduled Jan. 5 start of the trial. He asked if he thought his lawyers were working in his best interest, and Tsarnaev replied, “Very much.” The brief hearing demonstrated the building anticipation for Tsarnaev’s trial. It attracted dozens of spectators, including bombing survivors and their relatives, those who simply wanted to get a glimpse of Tsarnaev, and supporters who believe Tsarnaev is innocent.