Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty to 30 Charges


A sketched image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bombings suspect. The 19-year-old Russian is accused of detonating two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 282 others. Tsarnaev can face the death penalty.

By Sammi Silber, Observations Editor

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect accused of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, appeared in court July 10 and pleaded not guilty to 30 Federal charges.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, both Russian and Muslim, are suspected and accused of detonating bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 282 others.  Tamerlan died in a shootout with police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leaving Dzhokar running for his life until he was arrested on April 19.


Tsarnaev is accused of using a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston bombings, and it is possible that he could face the death penalty.


According to The Washington Post’s website, Tsarnaev repeated the words “not guilty” over and over for all 30 charges, while his arm was in a cast and parts of his face were swollen.


Tsarnaev is just now appearing in court, after sustaining injuries from the MIT shooting and the manhunt after the April 15 bombings.  While many victims and others affected by the bombings gathered to watch the trial that will bring Tsarnaev to justice, some protestors with signs and other symbolization gathered in defense of the 19-year-old bombing suspect.


The Los Angeles Times reported that Dzhokar had “fan girls” wearing T-shirts with a picture of Tsarnaev and the words “Free the Lion” and “Dzhokar Tsarnaev is innocent.”


Tsarnaev, who is accused of murdering three and injuring many others in the bombing, also pleaded not guilty to murdering MIT police officer Sean Collier in the shooting at MIT shortly after the bombings.  Tsarnaev’s not guilty pleas, however, may cancel out since he did admit to the bombings and gave the reason behind them.


According to CNN, Tsarnaev, while hiding in a boat during the manhunt, wrote down his confession to the bombings and the explanation for them shortly before cops surrounded the boat and arrested him.


“The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians,” Tsarnaev said in his note.  “I can’t stand to see such evil 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.  Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”


Tsarnaev is currently being held in prison.  He will next appear in court on September 23, where he will fight a possible death penalty and 30 Federal charges.