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WDKX.com » Blog » Bombing Suspect May Be Charged Today
Apr 21st 2013 1:28 pm
Bombing Suspect May Be Charged Today
by News

(CNN) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, may be charged at his hospital bedside Sunday, a Department of Justice official told CNN.

Because Tsarnaev is still in serious condition, a judge would likely come to the hospital to charge him, a law enforcement source said, noting that suspects accused of federal crimes are normally presented charges within 48 hours of arrest. An arraignment would take place later.

Tsarnaev, 19, is currently unable to speak and is under heavy guard.

Authorities have not said publicly what charges will be filed against him, but a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN he will face federal terrorism charges and possibly state murder charges.

Although Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, prosecutors could seek capital punishment at the federal level, the Justice Department official said.

"Given the facts that I've seen, it would be appropriate to use the death penalty in this case and I hope they would apply it in federal court," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Lawmaker believes slain suspect trained in Russia

New details emerged Sunday as investigators tried to determine more about the brothers they believe were behind attacks last week that killed three spectators and their alleged involvement in the death of a police officer.

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on CNN's "State of the Union" that slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, received training while he was in Russia for six months in 2012.

The Texas Republican also questioned why the FBI did not take further action against Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he was investigated before his trip.

Source: CNN.COM