BOSTON – A federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Thursday for killing four people, including a police officer, and injuring many others, the U.S. District Attorney's office announced.
For 17 of his charges, Tsarnaev faces life in prison or the death penalty. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the U.S. District Court in Boston on July 10.
Tsarnaev was inspired by Al Qaeda publications and left a confession in the boat where he was captured, the indictment alleges.
“The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians... I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. ... We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all,” Tsarnaev allegedly wrote. “Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop.”
Tsarnaev downloaded several pieces of extremist Islamic proproganda before the bombings, the indictment alleges.
The indictment says Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother Tamerlan set off improvised explosive devices made from pressure cookers during the Boston Marathon on April 15. Hours after photos of the Tsarnaev brothers were released on April 18, the indictment alleges that the Tsarnaev brothers drove their Honda Civic, loaded with five IEDs, a semiautomatic handgun, ammunition, a machete and a hunting knife, to the MIT campus they shot and killed MIT police officer Sean Collier.
The two brothers then carjacked a Mercedes, kidnapping the driver and stealing $800, the indictment says. The driver escaped and the two brothers drove to Watertown, where police found them. The indictment alleges the brothers shot at the officers and used four IEDs against them before Dzhokhar drove the Mercedes at the police officers and ran over his brother while escaping.
Police found Dzhokhar in a dry-docked boat in Watertown the following night.
Tsarnaev faces charges of using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and conspiracy; bombing of a place of public use resulting in death and conspiracy; malicious destruction of property resulting in death and conspiracy; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; interference with commerce by threats or violence; and aiding and abetting.