Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived for his first appearance in federal court in a white van. He will face 30 charges, as well as the family members of those who died in the tragic attacks.
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived for his first court appearance in Boston in a plain white van, accompanied by a motorcade to keep him safe. The bombing suspect will be arraigned on July 10 for the April 15 attacks on the Boston Marathon.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charges — Accused Boston Bomber Faces Victims In Court
Dzhokhar, 19, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the horrific attacks that killed three people — including an 8-year-old boy — and wounded more than 260 others. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. This is Dzhokhar’s first public appearance since he was arrested on April 19 by police, who found him bleeding profusely and hiding in a covered boat in a Watertown, Mass. backyard. The courthouse will likely packed, and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as family members of victims who died in the attacks, are expected to attend, according to TMZ.
Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Terrorist Act: Retribution For Muslims?
Dzhokhar is believed to have worked with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to set off multiple bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. While Dzhokhar was hiding in the boat, he reportedly wrote a note to police explaining his motive, saying the attack was retribution for U.S. attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq. He later gave law enforcement officials the same explanation from his hospital bed, and reportedly wrote that he did not miss his brother — who died following a shootout with police – and would be joining him soon.
– Tierney McAfee