Boston Marathon bomb suspect pleads not guilty

  • Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all charges in his first court appearance on Wednesday.

    The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen faces 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction in the two April 15 blasts that killed three people and wounded 264 others.

    Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty on 17 counts.

    He has also been charged with shooting dead a university police officer.

    Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed just days after the attack during a gun battle with police. He is also suspected of planning and carrying out the attacks.

    Dzhokhar was badly injured during the gun battle.

    He was initially held at a city hospital after which he was moved to a prison west of Boston.

    The Tsarnaev brothers were the sons of Chechen refugees from the Caucasus region of southern Russia, a predominantly Muslim area that has seen the rise of a militant form of Islam.

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