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Boston Bombing Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Eric Parra |
July 10, 2013 | 9:28 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Tsarnaev has gained a small following in the case since his brother was killed in a police firefight.
Tsarnaev has gained a small following in the case since his brother was killed in a police firefight.
After his first official court hearing on Wednesday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges related to the terrorism indictment from Boston.

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From NY Times

“With his left forearm in a cast or heavy bandage and with about three dozen victims and their family members looking on, Mr. Tsarnaev stood before a United States magistrate judge, Marianne B. Bowler, and said “not guilty” seven times as he was asked to enter a plea to different criminal counts covering his alleged role in killing three people and wounding more than 260 near the finish line of the race on April 15th.”

Tsarnaev stood in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and stood, shaking as he made his repeatedly made his pleas. The court hearing only lasted approximately near 10 minutes, from the suspect entering the courtroom, blowing a kiss to two crying women believed to have been his sisters, and making his plea of not guilty. 

Security measures have been stepped up for the trial, with Tsarnaev escorted to and from the court in a white van, followed closely by a three-vehicle motorcade with armed police force on standby.

While the court documents have Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, written as the designer of two pressure cooker bombs that set off the explosion, it is believed that Tsarnaev has equal partnership in the situation.

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According to a United States assistant attorney, William Weinreb, the case could be expected to go on for 3-4 months with over 80-100 witnesses called to testify.


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