Boston bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty


Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill—a crime that carries a possible death sentence. AP PHOTO/FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

BOSTON—Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill—a crime that carries a possible death sentence.

Officials have said Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother set off the two pressure-cooker bombs at last week’s race that sprayed shrapnel into the crowds, killing three people and wounding more than 180. His brother, Tamerlan, 26, died Friday after a fierce gunbattle with police.

Tsarnaev was listed in serious but stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, unable to speak because of a gunshot wound to the throat.

In a criminal complaint outlining the evidence, the FBI said Tsarnaev was seen on surveillance cameras putting a knapsack on the ground near the site of the second blast and then manipulating a cellphone and lifting it to his ear. The complaint contains the charges shed no light on the motive for the attack.

After the first explosion ripped through the crowd, a calm-looking Tsarnaev quickly walked away, and about 10 seconds later, the second blast occurred where he left the knapsack, the FBI said.

The FBI did not make it clear whether authorities believe he used his cellphone to detonate one or both of the bombs or whether he was talking to someone.

The court papers also said that during the long night of crime Thursday and Friday that led to the older brother’s death and the younger one’s capture, one of them told a carjacking victim: “Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that.”

Tsarnaev was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property, resulting in death. He is also likely to face state charges in connection with the shooting death of a university police officer.

The Obama administration said it had no choice but to prosecute Tsarnaev in the federal court system. Some politicians had suggested he be tried as an enemy combatant in front of a military tribunal, where he would be denied some of the usual US constitutional protections.

But Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen from Russia who has lived in the United States for about a decade, is a naturalized US citizen, and under US law American citizens cannot be tried by military tribunals, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Carney said that since the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.

In its criminal complaint, the FBI said it searched Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth on Sunday and found BBs as well as a white hat and dark jacket that look like those worn by one of one of the suspected bombers in the surveillance photos the FBI released a few days after the attack.

Almost back to normal

Seven days after the bombings, meanwhile, Boston was bustling Monday, with runners hitting the pavement, children walking to school and enough cars clogging the streets to make the morning commute feel almost back to normal.

Residents observed a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m., the time the first of the two bombs exploded near the finish line. Bells tolled across the city and state after the minute-long tribute to the victims.

Also, doctors said all of the more than 180 people injured in the blasts who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.

Hundreds of family and friends packed a church in Medford for the funeral of bombing victim Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant worker. A memorial service was scheduled for Monday night at Boston University for 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China.

As of Monday, 51 people remained hospitalized, three of them in critical condition and five listed as serious. At least 14 people lost all or part of a limb; three of them lost more than one. Two children with leg injuries remain hospitalized at Boston Children’s Hospital. A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition and 11-year-old Aaron Hern is in fair condition.

Jittery parents

At the Snowden International School on Newbury Street, a high school set just a block from the bombing site, jittery parents dropped off children as teachers—some of whom had run in the race—greeted each other with hugs.

Carlotta Martin of Boston said that leaving her kids at school has been the hardest part of getting back to normal.

“We’re right in the middle of things,” Martin said outside the school as her children, 17-year-old twins and a 15-year-old, walked in, glancing at the police barricades a few yards from the school’s front door.

“I’m nervous. Hopefully, this stuff is over,” she continued. “I told my daughter to text me so I know everything’s OK.”

Tsarnaev was captured Friday night after an intense all-day manhunt that brought the Boston area to a near-standstill. He was cornered and seized, wounded and bloody, after he was discovered hiding in a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard.

He had apparent gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hand, the FBI said in court papers.

Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Tsarnaev’s throat wound raised questions about when he will be able to talk again, if ever. It was not clear whether the wound was inflicted by police or was self-inflicted.

The wound “doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all,” Coats told ABC’s “This Week.”

Investigators in a Boston suburb were looking into possible links between the Boston bombing and an unsolved 2011 slaying.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a friend of one of three men found dead in an apartment in Waltham on Sept. 12, 2011, with their necks slit and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana.Tsarnaev’s friend, Brendan Mess, was also a boxer.—Denise Lavoie

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  • Horst Manure

    What a waste of time ..give him life if found guilty so he can spend the next 60 yrs or more writing note’s because he could not find his brain to put a bullet in it.

    • 33Sam

      Your solution stinks just like your screen name..peewww..bad odor..people with information like you are 30 years behind the times…

  • akramgolteb

    Somebody in the hospital where he is confined should just inject some cardiac arrest inducing drug then they can put in his autospy report “Cause of Death : Cardiac Arrest”. Case closed!

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      Ironic, that they have to save him now, in order to execute him later.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Just wondering if the US has executed any of the hundreds of terrorrists White house spokesman Jim have mentioned. Do they really have executions in the US? Or do they just let these people rot in prison.

      • 33Sam

        Get a clue man. The “terrorists” are CIA OPERATIVES ALREADY SEEN HAVING LUNCH WITH MANY OF THE SO CALLED WHITE HOUSE CROWD. This is what you get for watching the wrong news sources. FYI THE FBI MADE THE BOMBING OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN 1993 HAPPEN. So what else was staged and blamed on someone else? Their WTC bombing operative SALEM took them to court after he recorded 100’s of hours of discussions with the FBI supervisor et al.

        The Muslim “terrorist” profile was created long ago to bring on the POLICE STATE, so they could bring in NEW WORLD ORDER AND METHODICALLY EXTERMINATE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE!!! That means all of us…

        Here it is so many years after the fact and of course some people are still flailing around in the shallow end of the gene pool.

      • 33Sam

        They are saving him now to milk it for all they can so the world can take a quantum leap lower in I.Q. believing they “caught the bomber…” They got good over the years making reality tv shows building a fan base for the inane at the expense of the arcane…

    • penoy2012

      They still want to interrogate him to name mastermind and accomplices.

      • 33Sam

        He was set up..plain and simple..of course they are going to make it look like they got the REAL GUY and go through ALL THE MOTIONS putting out soundbytes that are all lies anyway.. People still asleep at the wheel..

    • 33Sam

      Galing mo no. You don’t even know the facts of the case and you’ve already pre judged the accused. Be advised this whole fake terrorist syndrome is meant to get ready to kill off people like you.

  • joboni96

    ‘using a weapon of mass destruction to kill’

    praning na talaga ang imperyalista
    mga inosenting amerikano nagbabayad

    sa mga gerrang imperyalista nila
    pati sibilyan pinapatay ng mga drones nila

    parang si sadam itong batang ito
    may weapon of mass destruction

    • 33Sam

      Very intuitive..hats off…

  • eleexer

    how did the Tsarnaev get that wound in throat is a great mystery… was
    it self-inflicted or was it purposely inflicted by the police remains a
    nagging questions for the layman… and are we sensing some fall-guy
    theme on the background?

  • CmdrAdobo

    Buhayin nila tapos papatayin uli.

  • 33Sam

    Notice how mainstream media keeps layering and layering all these sound bytes to make it appear like they have the truth on their side??

  • 33Sam

    Of course the poor kid can’t talk because they maimed him in the throat. They made sure of that. The world is full of Senator Whores, President Whores, Media Whores. Governor Whores. Police Chief Whores, Policemen Whores, Fake Injured Amputee Whores. Funny how this PRE PACKAGED NEWS BLITZ JUST KEEPS MUTATING AND MUTATING. MAYBE they’ll link this kid with Kim Kardashian’s new baby. Next he will be doing guest shots on Kimmel and Fallon with a guest host stint on SNL..Ooooooo “jittery parents”…meanwhile the real guys who planted those bombs are at home sucking back a few brewskis thinking what a bunch of idiots the world has. Bonnie and Clyde gun-down scene, they must be proud. The kid fled the scene AFTER the bombs went off WITH HIS BACKPACK STILL ON HIM YET THE “AUTHORITIES” AKA FBI, CLAIM THE KID “DROPPED” HIS BACKPACK. Must be hard to contradict Whore FBI Agents. What are the odds? KARAOKE TERRORIST PLOT. CHOOSE YOUR PATSY!!! SELF INFLICTED WOUND TO THE THROAT? WALKING AND THEN SECONDS LATER THE KID’S THROAT IS CUT OUT? PEARL HARBOR? MCVEIGH? USS MAINE? USS MADDOX? THERMITE AT THE TWIN TOWERS?


    • The Enforcer

      You make no sense and nobody is listening to you.

      • 33Sam

        Because you are NOBODY TO BEGIN WITH SO ERGO, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

      • The Enforcer

        hahaha! you are funny! You take yourself sooo seriously. Poor guy!

      • 33Sam

        And you are stupid because you don’t take anything serious enough. This incident is not a scene out of Spongebob Squarepants so go ahead and be flippant. You have no idea what this incident means in the scheme of things. Civil war may break out in CONUS because of it as the govt wants to push civilians into a war. So go ahead and laugh because the laugh is on you.

    • Darth2D2

      i can’t believe you’re calling those injured and had their legs amputated fake. that’s so wrong!
      the guy got his wound in an exchange of gunshots! watchatalkin about?
      i bet you feel like you’re above everyone else with all this information (albeit questionable) you know. seriously, drop the know-it-all attitude, stop listening to conspiracy theories and get a life. it’s for your own good.

      • 33Sam

        Seriously? Why don’t you get a brain and research before you start talking out of your sphincter!! The fact that you put an ad hominem edge to your krap post is already tell tale you have a chip on your shoulder if it isnt boulder sized dandruff or whatnot falling from your rotting head. Or you are spin-troll who needs to quiet all the truth out there so your bosses can get back to their phoney-baloney lives. Which one are you? I bet you feel you know so much about me that you gambled your low I.Q. to take on more research than you will ever do in your pathetic life. Before you start attacking me why don’t you look in the mirror and blame your parents for having unprotected sex.

        Where did you get your news dumba$$? Mainstream news? CNN? NBC Brian Williams? Anderson Cooper? Wolf Blitzer?

        Look at this photo:


        Do you know what fake movie prop blood looks like? Its been posted (by me) on these Inquirer blogs days ago but of course your research abilities are about as astute as a fly on rat fecal matter. This is from the marathon.



        This is not an EGO TRIP with me. If it were I would post my real name as you did, so it looks like YOUR EGO needs to take on someone else’s even if its your imagination that its all “ego” with the other. The info I put up is mainly to plant the alternative information so braindead “know-it-alls” LIKE YOU will not solidify in the already dumbed-down masses’ minds that what they read here from unaware boobs like you will be perpetuated as truth.

        What happened at Boston was a psych-war op. It is PRECISELY FAKE DEATHS MIXED WITH REAL DEATHS!!! The purpose is to PRECISELY NOT MAKE SENSE!!! This is how they blur the lines of reality and get feeble minds like yours ready for the next step. So how could two guys plan all this? You mean they took hours before they set off the bombs or even after to set the above photo up? Whoever pulled this had many stages of this whole incident PLANNED OUT. The above photo was planned, get it?

        Witnesses saw the incident where the younger brother who didn’t even have a gun get ambushed by low I.Q. Boston police men and the brother was given a tracheostomy. Look it up tick-brain.. I don’t have time to awaken you or anyone like you and since you came on as an A$$HOLE, don’t expect any in-depth help from me. The world is full of idiots like you who picks his butt while thinking he’s tuned in to the “news,” limp-wristedly holding his smart phone while sucking down some fish-balls..

        A drill was planned for this marathon. Yet they later claimed there was no drill and started retracting eyewitness testimony already put on the net by Local 15 an NBC affiliate in Boston hours after they first interviewed University of Mobile Coach Ali Stevenson, a participant in the race who was there with his wife, who was reported as telling Local 15 that people on loudspeakers were announcing they were conducting a drill and “not to worry.” After the bombs went off minutes later, Stevenson is quoted on Local 15 saying he knew the bombing was intentional. Don’t have time to post that as I’ve posted it already on other Inquirer threads. Look it up if you care to know. So there were people asked to go there to participate. Actors. They mixed fake injuries and real. Fake blood and real blood. So a real amputee must’ve been asked to be part of so this is where the “fake amputee” part comes in. The drill was staged to cover up the REAL PLOT!!! Why? Because that’s the way they think a psycho-warfare op should go. Don’t blame me for the photo. It speaks for itself. So now ask yourself, why concoct that in the first place? If you can answer that, we will be more than happy to hear it.

      • Darth2D2

        so much for ad hominems and being an a-hole. it just came back to you with all your mouthful of rants and accusations. you just proved it yourself.
        the link you gave me won’t open. seriously, if you have a message to preach, why be abrasive? so what is this so-called plot anyway?

      • 33Sam

        This is not about preaching it is about information. You were abrasive in your first post. You should check your language before you start checking mine. You think you can converse in English but you are still in kindergarten. Did you substitute a “.” for the word “DOT” to make the link work? You do understand that you can’t post links on these threads. You have no clue about what is going on yet you attack, in the same breath lambaste me for ad hominems when you started with them in the first place and then you continued with more ad hominems. You have to graduate a few more life times to get on with me. Anyway, open the photo so you can see for yourself what these people are trying to present to the world. The plot is multi-fold, part psycho-warfare which is meant to make no sense at all to blur the lines of reality. To get people used to accepting lies mixed with truth. This in itself is plot because its a psychological attack. At the outset, the underground information has spotted inconsistencies which caused the bombers to switch who they would blame. As an SOP when these things happen there is always a “drill” going on in the same area and time as the violent incident. It was the same for 9/11, then the Colorado Batman shooter as well as Sandy Hook and now Boston. As I described above, the mainstream news NBC was caught deleting info on marathon runner witnesses reporting a drill was in progress. When Infowars released photos of “Seals” present at the marathon with backpacks the same color as the one found exploded, this exact exposure caused the bomb planners to switch their patsy profile. So this is why truthers feel the bombers went with the standard “muslim” bomber rather than their original plan which was to blame white right wing Americans or even a navy seal. Then word got out to the govt that Infowars” reporter Dan Bidondi was going to attend the presscon. Obama sent his secret service agents to confront Bidondi to make Bidondi stand down, looking over his shoulder when he texted until the presscon director announced to their cameramen that no other photos were allowed to be shown other than theirs. Bidondi had his own photos of bomb site contractors. They can be seen on the infowars site. When Bidondi asked Boston Gov. Patrick at the Boston presscon point blank questions about the bombing being a false flag, it sent waves among truthers and fear into the U.S. govt. One presscon rep covered Bidondi’s photos with a white board to block it from the camera while the presscon was underway and being broadcasted. Anyway the plot as to why the bombing happened is still being uncovered. Its coming out that Tamerlan was CIA, his father is making statements that the FBI set his sons up. The younger brother was attacked by Boston police who cut his throat so he could not speak according to witnesses that only went on underground radio. On April 22, Mexican nationals reported Mexican TV was announcing that the younger brother “admitted he did the bombing and that he was already sentenced to death.” At this point its an issue of govt fighting the truthers for spoiling their bomb plot. Aside from that, truthers are calling this a martial law infer when the govt locked down Boston because of two kids. The two brothers were ambushed thats why its being called a Bonnie and Clyde gun down. Too much info but its escalating and the govt is having a hard time covering this up. So what the plot is exactly may never be known only that truthers caught the govt/media lying and making mistakes and truthers believe the brothers were just blamed for the bombing when they didnt do it. If anything there is a side plot which is now to misdirect the handling of the suspects, the issue with Bidondi asking the Boston governor about a false flag on national TV, and now all the spin doctoring going on by technocrat spin doctors Rachel Maddow. Its govt against the American and world wide truthers.

        It has just come out the younger brother had no gun. These boys come from well off families and they live in the $600k housing areas. The younger brother owned and drove a Mercedes but was accused of stealing it by the government in a ploy to make him look poor.

      • Darth2D2

        fair enough. points received. but i’d like to make it clear that you are the one who did the lambasting with ad hominems, paragraphs-full of it at that.

      • 33Sam

        “drop the know it all attitude” was an ad hominem on your part even “get a life.” you get that? rather than you asking for an explanation without those comments..
        Not to worry; the info is the most important. and to point out the issue of ad hominems is a side issue but important as well because unless one realizes about fallacies of argument, proper communication is affected..

  • The Enforcer

    Death penalty is too good for him. Murderer!

    • 33Sam

      Maybe you should be the one put to death since you are ignorant. The world does not need you and dont worry they have plans for idiots like you too.

      • The Enforcer

        hilariously funny man! You make me laugh everytime I see a post from you. Thanks!

      • 33Sam

        Who cares if you laugh. Actually I can tell you say you laugh but you are bothered deeply by what I say. Typical kneejerk reaction from an empty head like you. You don’t know what to say so you act like you are winning by “laughing” in catharsis. You know deep down you are losing! I am not here for your amusement. But you are here making a jackass out of yourself so years from now others reading this will laugh at you for being so inappropriate and out of touch. Right Mr. ENFARCER?

  • 33Sam

    It’s out Tamerlan WAS CIA!!!

  • 33Sam

    This whole marathon bombing was to role play MARTIAL LAW. With all the murders that happen everyday in the U.S. you don’t see 1,000’s of LEO closing down a town, telling people not to come out of their homes while they look for one or two guys..This time they did it. It was precisely to take away civil liberties..

  • 33Sam

    This Boston bombing/lockdown was INAUGURATION DAY FOR MARTIAL LAW!!!

  • 33Sam

    He had NO GUN!!!

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