BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The surviving Boston marathon bombing suspect appeared in a Boston federal court Wednesday for his arraignment.
ABC40 was at the courthouse to cover the proceedings.
During his arraignment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges.
Police officers, federal, state, and local were only outnumbered by the media at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in South Boston as accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first appearance before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon.
Shuffling in hand-cuffed and shackled and wearing an orange prison jump suit Tsarnaev also had a cast on his left arm and the left side of his face was noticeably swollen. Injuries that were probably sustained during the fire fight with Watertown police the night he was captured.
He answered ‘not guilty’ to all 30 counts against him, among them, use of a firearm during a violent crime and carjacking resulting in serious injury.
Listening to those charges in the courtroom were 30 victims of the bombing and their family. While solemnly lined up outside in silence – 2 dozen MIT police officers were all there in support of their fallen brother, Officer Sean Collier, whom officials say Tsarnaev and his older brother shot and killed.
MIT Police Chief, John Difava spoke to us about what it was like seeing Tsarnaev in person for the first time.
“I’ve never been in this position before and I expected my emotion to be much more emotional. It wasn’t. I suppose like so many of us on the police department we’re still pretty… There’s a lot of shock here. There’s a lot of shock. It hasn’t been a long time,” explains Chief Difava.
Even though Massachusetts doesn’t have the death penalty anymore, Tsarnaev is charged under federal law and he could very well face death for his alleged crimes.
The total time for Tsarnaev’s arraignment Wednesday was about 8 minutes but when the judge asked federal prosecutors how long the case could last, they estimated upwards of 6 months.
They also said they plan on calling 80 to 100 witnesses to take the stand.
Tsarnaev’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, September 23.