Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted on 30 Counts

Some carry death penalty; he also scrawled anti-US messages on boat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted on 30 Counts
A file photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

(Newser) – A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—and 17 of the charges could bring life in prison or the death penalty. Among them: using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. Dzhokhar and older brother Tamerlan allegedly set off two pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. They are also accused of killing an MIT police officer, and the indictment covers that case, too.

The indictment also sheds more details on what the 19-year-old wrote on the inside of the boat in which he was captured. Among other things: "The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians," "'I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished" and "We Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all." (Read more Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stories.)

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