Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Pleads not Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

He entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

For the first one, he leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent. He then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times.

His sister sobbed loudly as he left the courtroom. He looked over and made a kiss motion with his mouth to his family.

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to pursue the death penalty for the 19-year-old Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev arrived at the federal courthouse in Boston for his arraignment this afternoon on charges stemming from the bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

He arrived in a four-vehicle motorcade that included a van, a Humvee and a state police car.

Outside the courthouse, a dozen Federal Protective Service officers and bomb-sniffing dogs have been in place since early this morning. Reporters and spectators began lining up for seats at 7:30 a.m.

As Tsarnaev arrived, about a dozen of his supporters cheered. The demonstrators yelled, "Justice for Jahar," as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said, "Free Jahar." A woman who said she traveled from her home in Washington state to attend the arraignment said she has never met Tsarnaev, but came because she believes he's innocent.

The courthouse is expected to be jammed for Tsarnaev's first court appearance. Space is reserved in the main courtroom for victims' families. Officials have set aside an overflow courtroom to broadcast the hearing for the media.


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