Boston Marathon bombing suspect heads to court for first public appearance

July 10, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused of using a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombings, will face survivors of his attack in a court appearance later today in Boston.

Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old who will make his first appearance since he was found hiding in a boat April 19, is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court. Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the April 15 bombings at the finish line. Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was an accomplice in the bombings and died after a shootout with police.

(Bill Sikes / AP)
(Bill Sikes / AP)

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney confirmed to the Associated Press that space was being reserved in the main courtroom for victims and their families. Reporters and spectators began lining up for seats at 7:30 a.m.

Tsarnaev’s first court appearance took place privately, in a hospital room in which he was recovering from wounds he suffered during the manhunt that followed the bombings.

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