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Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleads not guilty

Denise Lavoie
A supporter of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaves federal court after his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Boston motorcycle police officers ride down a drive alongside the federal courthouse before the arrival of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
Boston motorcycle police officers ride down a drive alongside the federal courthouse before the arrival of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
A Boston motorcycle police officer turns at the driveway entrance to the federal courthouse before the arrival of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
A Boston motorcycle police officer turns at the driveway entrance to the federal courthouse before the arrival of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
An MIT police officers stand at attention outside the federal courthouse wearing a bracelet honoring fallen colleague Sean Collier prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. MIT officer Sean Collier was killed by the alleged suspects. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
An MIT police officers stand at attention outside the federal courthouse wearing a bracelet honoring fallen colleague Sean Collier prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. MIT officer Sean Collier was killed by the alleged suspects. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
MIT police officers stand at attention outside the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. MIT officer Sean Collier was killed by the alleged suspects. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
MIT police officers stand at attention outside the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. MIT officer Sean Collier was killed by the alleged suspects. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Boston police escort Liz Norden, right, mother of wounded Boston Marathon bombing survivor J.P. Norden, of Stoneham, Mass., to the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The woman at left is unidentified. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Boston police escort Liz Norden, right, mother of wounded Boston Marathon bombing survivor J.P. Norden, of Stoneham, Mass., to the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The woman at left is unidentified. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Boston Marathon bombing victim Karen Brassard makes her way into the federal courthouse for the arraignment of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Boston Marathon bombing victim Karen Brassard makes her way into the federal courthouse for the arraignment of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Television cameras sitting on tripods are lined up outside the federal courthouse prior to the scheduled arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
Television cameras sitting on tripods are lined up outside the federal courthouse prior to the scheduled arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
Duke La Touf, of Las Vegas, stands in support of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the federal courthouse prior to his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Josh Reynolds
Duke La Touf, of Las Vegas, stands in support of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the federal courthouse prior to his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Josh Reynolds
Jennifer Michio, left, from Mashantucket, Conn., and Duke La Touf, right, of Las Vegas, stand in support of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the federal courthouse prior to his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Josh Reynolds
Jennifer Michio, left, from Mashantucket, Conn., and Duke La Touf, right, of Las Vegas, stand in support of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the federal courthouse prior to his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Josh Reynolds
A U.S. Marshals Service van, believed to be carrying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at the federal courthouse for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
A U.S. Marshals Service van, believed to be carrying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at the federal courthouse for his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
JOSH REYNOLDS
The white van carrying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is escorted out of federal court following his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
The white van carrying Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is escorted out of federal court following his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson
Mary Churbuck, a supporter of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, speaks to reporters outside federal court after Tsarnaev's arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Boston. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. He could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Bill Sikes
Mary Churbuck, a supporter of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, speaks to reporters outside federal court after Tsarnaev's arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Boston. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. He could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Bill Sikes
Marathon runner Robert Wheeler speaks with reporters outside the federal courthouse prior to the arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. Minutes after Wheeler completed the 26.2 mile race on April 15, he heard two loud explosions erupt nearby. He rushed to the scene and came to the aid of Ron Brassard, whose leg had been struck by shrapnel and immediately used his shirt to stop the bleeding. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
Marathon runner Robert Wheeler speaks with reporters outside the federal courthouse prior to the arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. Minutes after Wheeler completed the 26.2 mile race on April 15, he heard two loud explosions erupt nearby. He rushed to the scene and came to the aid of Ron Brassard, whose leg had been struck by shrapnel and immediately used his shirt to stop the bleeding. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
A Law enforcement official walks with a bomb-sniffing dog outside the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
A Law enforcement official walks with a bomb-sniffing dog outside the federal courthouse prior to arraignment for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Steven Senne
A supporter of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaves federal court after his arraignment Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. The April 15 attack killed three and wounded more than 260. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, and could face the death penalty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winslow Townson

His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April. 

As survivors of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided smile to his sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek. 

Then, after he leaned in toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty" over and over in his Russian accent, he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, making a kissing gesture toward his family with his lips. His sister sobbed loudly, resting her head on a woman seated next to her. 

Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the April 15 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. He could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it. 

The proceedings took place in a heavily guarded courtroom packed not only with victims but with their families, police officers, and members of the public and the media. 

The Russian immigrant and former college student looked much as he did in a photo widely circulated after his arrest, his hair curly and unkempt. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, he appeared nonchalant, almost bored, during the hearing. The cast covered his left forearm, hand and fingers. 

The bombing victims showed little reaction in the courtroom after a federal marshal warned them against any outbursts. 

Liz Norden, the mother of two men who lost their right legs in the bombings, said afterward: "I actually felt sick to my stomach." 

MIT Police Chief John DiFava, who was also in the courtroom, said Tsarnaev looked "smug." 

"I didn't see a lot of remorse. I didn't see a lot of regret," he said. "It just seemed to me that if I was in that position, I would have been a lot more nervous, certainly scared." 

DiFava added: "I just wanted to see him. I wanted to see the person that so coldly and callously killed four people, one of whom being an officer of mine." 

Authorities say Tsarnaev orchestrated the bombing along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died following a gun battle with police three days after the attack. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested on April 19, captured hiding in a bloodstained boat in a suburban backyard after a manhunt that paralyzed much of the Boston area. He was hospitalized with wounds suffered in the shootout and getaway attempt. 

Tsarnaev is also charged in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and the carjacking of a motorist. 

His two sisters were in court in Muslim garb. One was carrying a baby; the other wiped away tears with a tissue. Tsarnaev's parents remained back in Russia. 

Tsarnaev's lawyer Judy Clarke, an expert in death penalty cases, asked that the judge enter not-guilty pleas for him, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said: "I would ask him to answer." 

On the same day as the arraignment, Boston's police commissioner appeared on Capitol Hill and complained to a Senate panel that the Justice Department failed to share information on terrorism threats with local officials before the bombing. 

"There is a gap with information sharing at a higher level while there are still opportunities to intervene in the planning of these terrorist events," Commissioner Edward F. Davis III said. 

Reporters and spectators began lining up for seats in the courtroom at 7:30 a.m. as a dozen Federal Protective Service officers and bomb-sniffing dogs surrounded the courthouse. Four hours before the 3:30 p.m. hearing, the defendant arrived at the courthouse in a four-vehicle motorcade. 

About a dozen Tsarnaev supporters cheered as the motorcade arrived. The demonstrators yelled, "Justice for Jahar!" as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said, "Free Jahar." 

Lacey Buckley said she traveled from her home in Wenatchee, Wash., to attend the arraignment. She said she believes he is innocent. "I just think so many of his rights were violated. They almost murdered an unarmed kid in a boat," she said. 

A group of friends who were on the high school wrestling team with Tsarnaev at Cambridge Rindge and Latin waited in line outside the courtroom for hours, hoping to get a seat. 

One of them, Hank Alvarez, said Tsarnaev was calm, peaceful and apolitical in high school. 

"Just knowing him, it's hard for me to face the fact that he did it," said Alvarez, 19, of Cambridge. 

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, a Muslim, wrote about his motivations for the bombing on the inside walls and beams of the boat. He scrawled that the U.S. government was "killing our innocent civilians," and also wrote: "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all." 

Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, 23, were killed by the two bombs, which were fashioned out of pressure cookers, gunpowder, nails and other shrapnel. Numerous victims lost legs. 

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Associated Press writer Arsen Mollayev in Makhachkala, Russia, contributed to this report. 

 

 

 


By DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press