Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev professed his innocence today in federal court, making a quick but dramatic first appearance under the stares of victims and their family members as he recited “not guilty” seven times in a thick accent.
Judge Marianne Bowler’s courtroom was packed for the 19-year-old’s arraignment on 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Two women believed to be his sisters, one carrying a baby, cried in court as he appeared shackled and handcuffed while dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.
The courtroom, packed with many turned away to a spillover room, was deadly silent as the accused teen killer was arraigned.
Marathon bombing victims and their families, spectators and media began lining up for a look at the alleged bomber as early as 7:30 a.m. for the 3:30 p.m. hearing. Some even clashed with Tsarnaev’s sympathizers.
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