Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes his first public appearance … – State Column

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first appearance in public since his arraignment in July 2013 in his first pretrial conference.

Security was very tight at the Boston federal courthouse, where U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. said he would rule in writing on some pending motions, such as a motion to move the trial out of Boston, according to the Associated Press.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 5 with jury selection, a date David Bruck, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, will seek to delay, although he did not indicate how long of delay they will be seeking.

The appearance was not without incident. The mother-in-law of Ibragim Todashev, a man who was shot and killed while question by law enforcement after the bombings happened, yellow support to Tsarnaev in Russian, saying that she would pray for him and to “be strong, my son, we know you are innocent.”

In English, she yelled at law enforcement officers that escorted her out of the room to “stop killing innocent boys.”

The April 2013 Boston bombings killed three people and injured 260 when now-21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, then-26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his Chechen older brother, allegedly planted bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, causing chaos and reminders of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. After a manhunt that lasted a few days, Tamerlan was gunned down by police and Dzhokhar was captured while hiding in a person’s backyard in the Boston area.

The courtroom today has many FBI agents, police, and survivors of the attack.

A small group of protesters voiced their support of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the courtroom, who got into an exchange with a man who lost his right leg in the bombings. The protesters questioned whether authorities had proof Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was responsible for the bombings, prompting Marc Fucarile to hold up his prosthetic leg and say “that’s proof right there.”

The trial is likely to last a few months, and simply seating a jury could take a number of weeks.

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