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.
Authorities say he and an older brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 at the April 15 marathon. The older brother was killed three days later following a shootout with police.
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 were in place. 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.
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