A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charging him with using weapons of mass destruction and killing four individuals, among other things.
The April 15 bombing left three people dead and more than 260 injured. Authorities believe 19-year-old Dzhokhar, also known as Jahar, carried out the bombings with his older brother Tamerlan, who died at age 26 after a shootout with law enforcement a few days later. The brothers are also accused of fatally shooting Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.
Mr. Tsarnaev told FBI interviewers when they questioned him the weekend following the bombing that he and his brother were acting as jihadists motivated by Muslim religious anger at the U.S.Seventeen of the charges authorize a penalty of up to life in prison or the death penalty. Mr. Tsarnaev is scheduled to be arraigned July 10.
The indictment also shed new details about Mr. Tsarnaev’s alleged actions ahead of the bombing and during the manhunt that ensued.
While hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass., following the shootout with police, Mr. Tsarnaev wrote, among other things, on the boat’s inside wall and beams: “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians;” “I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished;” “We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all;” “Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [unintelligible] it is allowed;” and “Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”
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