Tsarnaev, 19, entered his plea during his first public appearance in court Wednesday. More than half of the charges lobbed against him potentially imply the death penalty.
WCVB News in Boston reported that Tsarnaev entered the court at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday dressed in an orange prison suit. David Frank of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reported that the defendant had his left hand in a cast but otherwise appeared healthy.
“Tsarnaev is not showing any signs of injuries. His family is crying,” added WCVB’s Sean Kelly.
According to Kelly, the prosecution intends on calling upwards of 100 witnesses to stand trial and expects the proceedings to go as long as four months. His next court appearance, a status conference, is scheduled for September 23.
Wednesday’s hearing lasted less than ten minutes and was attended by family members of the victims of the bombing as well as Tsarnaev’s family and supporters.
Tsarnaev’s first public appearance in a courtroom comes two weeks after a Massachusetts federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against him. The charges include using weapons of massive destruction, killing three Boston Marathon spectators, and also shooting a police officer to death.
The first public court hearing are for the judge to explain Tsarnaev what penalties exactly he may face. Seventeen of the 30 charges brought against him are capital offences.
Sparing Tsarnaev this worst scenario is believed to be the biggest challenge faced by his attorney, public defender Miriam Conrad. Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to 30 charges relating to his supposed involvement in April’s deadly terrorist attack that claimed four lives....