Boston bomber to come face to face with victims of the terror attacks in his first court hearing today
UPDATE: DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV PLEADS NOT GUILTY .
The alleged Boston bomber is to come face to face with some of his victims when he makes his first court appearance today.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, is to make his first appearance since the April terror attack in which he is accused of killing three and injuring 264 others.
A huge police presence will be in force at the courthouse in Boston for Tsarnaev’s appearance.
The mother of one of the victims said she wanted to stare down ‘the face of evil’ and will be in court.
Liz Norden, whose two sons lost a leg each, said: ‘It has been incredibly hard to accept what happened to my boys.’
‘I’m angry. I want to be there.’
Others who survived the two bombs exploding at the finishing line in April are expected to be in court.
Tsarnaev faces three murder charges from the bombing and a fourth from killing a police officer who was shot before the teen and his elder brother engaged in a gun battle before being captured.
It was the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 and could bring a sentence of the death penalty.
The biggest challenge for Tsarnaev’s attorney, public defender Miriam Conrad, will be sparing him the death penalty, one observer said.
‘I suspect that Miriam will start tomorrow by trying to change his image and make him look like the normal, average, clean-cut young kid,’ Walter Prince, a former federal prosecutor in Boston who is now a partner with the law firm Prince Lobel told Reuters.
Tsarnaev will appear at U.S. District Court in Boston – the same building where mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is currently on trial.
Conrad did not respond to a request for comment.
According to court papers, Tsarnaev scrawled a note on an inside wall and beams of the boat in which he hid.
‘The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians,’ the note read, according to court papers. ‘We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.’
Devastation: Medical workers rush to help the injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after two pressure cooker bombs were detonated near the finish line on April 15
‘Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said it is allowed,’ he wrote, according to court papers. ‘Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.’
Tsarnaev was badly wounded during the gun battle and arrest. After initially being confined at a city hospital, he was moved to a prison west of Boston. Prosecutors have declined to comment on his current condition or if he is still being held at the Fort Devens, Massachusetts, facility.
The Tsarnaev brothers’ ethnic homeland of Chechnya, a mainly Muslim area that saw centuries of war and repression, no longer threatens to secede from Russia. But it has become a breeding ground for a form of militant Islam whose adherents have spread violence to other parts of Russia.
Three people died in the April 15 bombing – 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old graduate student Lingzi Lu and 8-year-old Martin Richard.
Three days later the Tsarnaevs shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, according to the indictment.
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