Boston bombing suspect faces death penalty charges

AP, BOSTON

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 - Page 1

A US grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on Thursday, with many charges carrying the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was indicted on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death.

Many of the charges were brought against him in April, but new charges cover the killing of a police officer and the carjacking of a motorist during a getaway attempt that left Tsarnaev’s elder brother, Tamerlan, dead.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in twin explosions near the finish line of the marathon on April 15.

Authorities said each brother placed a backpack containing a shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bomb near the marathon finish line. The bombs went off within seconds of one another.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed following a shootout with police four days later.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said it would be up to US Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether to pursue the death penalty against Tsarnaev.

The indictment confirms that Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought 48 fireworks mortar shells containing explosive powder from a fireworks store. It also disclosed that he used the Internet to order electronic components that could be used in making bombs.