Boston Bombing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pled not guilty Wednesday (July 10) to 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction that had killed three people and wounded nearly 260 people in April.

The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen stood before a federal magistrate judge and at least three dozen victims and survivors, repeatedly answering that he was “not guilty” of the charges. He now faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted for the Boston bombing that occurred April 15, The New York Times reports. This marked his first public appearance since the incident.

Prosecutors say that he and older brother Tamerlan detonated two pressure cookers filled with explosives and nails near the finish line on the day of the race. Tamerlan died on the morning of April 19 after a gunfight with police in Watertown, where a day-long lockdown was enforced to capture Tsarnaev and a university officer was gunned down.

Tsarnaev was charged from his hospital bed after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds during the manhunt. He was recently confined to a medical facility at Fort Devens, a United States military base 40 miles west of Boston.

In addition to the federal charges, Tsarnaev also faces a state indictment by a grand jury in Middlesex County on more than a dozen state criminal charges.

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