Posted: 5:58 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013
(Image source: FBI)
BY CANDICE AVILES
A federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They charged the 19-year-old former Dartmouth student with murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction.
“He’s charged now with killing three people at the Boston Marathon, maiming or seriously injuring several other people and shooting and killing the MIT police officer Shawn Collier.” (Via MSNBC)
New details have emerged following the 75-page indictment, which could aid in understanding a motive.
According to the indictment, Tsarnaev was inspired by Al-Qaeda publications. He left a confession in the boat where he was captured that read: “I don’t like killing innocent people. … The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians. ... I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. ... We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all. Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop.” (Via Boston.com)
Thursday afternoon, federal authorities made a formal announcement about the charges, reviewing the timeline of events leading up to the attack. ABC reports it started March 20.
“The defendant and his brother traveled to a firing range in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rented two 9 mm handguns.”
They go on to say Tsarnaev bought 200 rounds of ammunition. At a later date, his brother allegedly bought material for bombs and the day before the bombing bought a cell phone account number. The brothers also had a number of radical publications. (Via FBI, CNN)
The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 200 others. (Via The Boston Globe)
Seventeen of the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty, with many others carrying the possibility of life in prison.