Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted On 30 Counts

Source: Peter Finn / The Washington Post

A federal grand jury Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

The indictment detailed the 19-year-old’s interest in radical Islamist literature before the fatal explosions, as well as his attempts to justify the attacks in a series of messages he scrawled inside a dry-docked boat just before his capture.

Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen from Russia and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; the bombing a public place that resulted in death; and the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, among other charges.

Seventeen of the charges carry the death penalty or life in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said.

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