Boston Bomb Suspect Charged In Hospital Bed

The alleged attacker could face the death penalty if he is convicted over the deadly bombings during the Boston marathon.

FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in critical but stable condition

The surviving Boston marathon bomb suspect has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction – as he reportedly remains unable to speak because of a gunshot injury.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will also face a charge of malicious destruction of property resulting in death, the Justice Department said. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The White House has said that as a naturalised US citizen, Tsarnaev will not be treated as an “enemy combatant”, which would have involved a military tribunal. Instead he will be prosecuted through the criminal court system and is expected to appear in court on May 30.

The 19-year-old is in a serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where some of those wounded in the blasts are also being treated.

Earlier reports said the suspect was beginning to respond to questions from investigators.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Tamerlan died in a gunfight – his wife apparently suspected nothing

Katherine Russell wife of marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

He is said to have a wound to his throat – reportedly caused by a gunshot through his mouth that exited the back of his neck – which prevents him from speaking.

But major US news networks say he is responding to questions in writing.

Dzhokhar is also reported to have been shot in the leg during a shoot-out with law enforcement the night before his arrest.

His older brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan, 26, died in that gunfight.

A lawyer for Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, said US authorities have also asked to speak with his client.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat in a Boston backyard

Dzhokhar leaves the boat he was hiding in

Amato DeLuca said Mrs Russell Tsarnaev did not suspect her husband of anything, and nothing seemed amiss after the explosions.

Three people died and more than 180 others were injured in the twin blasts at the marathon, the worst bombing to take place in the US since 9/11.

One of the hospitals treating the wounded was Boston Medical Centre, which said 11 of the injured were still there, including one who was critically ill and three in a serious condition.

The Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and several affiliated organisations have contributed more than £400,000 to One Fund Boston, established to help people most affected by the blasts last Monday.

After Tamerlan was killed early on Friday, Dzhokhar escaped, triggering an hours-long manhunt that shut down Boston.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found in this boat.

A forensics team examines the boat on Monday

It ended with the teenager’s capture in a boat parked in a backyard late on Friday night.

It has also emerged police chiefs believe the Tsarnaev brothers were planning further attacks.

Commissioner Ed Davis said officers found a large stockpile of weapons and more than 250 rounds of ammunition at the scene of the earlier gun battle.

“They had IEDs,” he said, referring to improvised explosives devices. “They had homemade hand grenades that they were throwing at the officers.

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There was a manhunt for Dzhokhar, who escaped after the first gun battle

 

“The scene was loaded with unexploded improvised explosive devices that actually we had to point out to the arriving officers and clear the area.”

He said one IED was found in a Mercedes the brothers had abandoned. “This was as dangerous as it gets in urban policing,” Commissioner Davis said.

The city’s residents have been asked to observe a moment of silence at 2.50pm local time, exactly a week after the first of two bombs went off within seconds of each other near the marathon finish line.

A private funeral has taken place for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant worker who was among the dead.

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon

Three people were killed in the twin bombings

 

The brothers’ social media pages appeared to express sympathy with the struggle in Chechnya, which has been ravaged by two wars since 1994 between Russia and increasingly Islamist-leaning separatist rebels.

The White House has said that as a naturalised US citizen, Tsarnaev will not be treated as an “enemy combatant”, which would have involved a military tribunal. Instead he will be prosecuted through the criminal court system and is expected to appear in court on May 30.

The Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and several affiliated organisations have contributed more than £400,000 to One Fund Boston, established to help people most affected by the blasts.

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