BOSTON (WGGB) — Almost three days after being taken into custody, one of the men accused in the marathon bombings has been charged.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first appearance before a magistrate from his hospital bed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Monday.
Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring to use weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in U.S. resulting in death.
“Friday’s arrest and today’s charges demonstrate what can be achieved by a collaborative, round-the clock response involving law enforcement officers, intelligence professionals, prosecutors and the general public,” says John Carlin, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz adds, “The impact of these crimes has been far-reaching, affecting a worldwide community that is looking for peace and justice. We hope that this prosecution will bring some small measure of comfort both to the public at large and to the victims and their families that justice will be served. While we will not be able to comment on any possible communications between the suspect and law enforcement at this time, as a general rule, the government will always seek to elicit all the actionable intelligence and information we can from terrorist suspects taken into our custody.”
Monday afternoon, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said that Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant and would be tried in the federal court system.
Carney added that under U.S. law, United States citizens can’t be tried in military commissions. Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Sunday night, investigators told ABC News that Tsarnaev was responding to questions from law enforcement investigators.
The FBI says that Tsarnaev remains in serious condition.
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If found guilty on the charges, Tsarnaev could face life in prison or the death penalty.