Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned in Boston federal court on Wednesday, giving the public its first glimpse of the 19-year-old suspect since he was found hiding in a Watertown backyard days after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the 30 charges he faces in connection to the attack that killed three people and injured 260 others. He allegedly conspired with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police. Families of the victims and Tsarnaev's sisters attended the pretrial hearing, which was rescheduled twice at the request of both side's lawyers.
The hearing, which Tsarnaev entered wearing an orange jumpsuit and a cast on his arm, lasted fewer than 10 minutes. The prosecution said it will call more than 80 witnesses and expects the trial will last three to four months. Tsarnaev blew a kiss to his family as he left the courtroom, the Associated Press reported.
Attorney General Eric Holder is still weighing whether to seek the death penalty for the 19-year-old, who is also accused of killing an MIT police officer during his manhunt. The execution would be the first in the state in nearly 70 years. For the full story, click here.
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