The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts announced Thursday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his role in the April 15 attack.
A copy of the indictment, obtained by Boston's WBUR and included below, outlines the 30 charges Tsarnaev faces. They are:
- Conspiracy to Use a Weapon Of Mass Destruction Resulting in Death
- Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction Resulting in Death; Aiding and Abetting (two counts)
- Possession and Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death; Aiding and Abetting (ten counts)
- Conspiracy to Bomb a Place of Public Use Resulting in Death
- Bombing of a Place of Public Use Resulting in Death; Aiding and Abetting (two counts)
- Conspiracy to Maliciously Destroy Property Resulting in Personal Injury and Death
- Malicious Destruction of Property Resulting in Personal Injury and Death; Aiding and Abetting (two counts)
- Carjacking Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury; Aiding and Abetting
- Possession and Use of a Firearm During and in Relation To a Crime of Violence; Aiding and Abetting (five counts)
- Interference With Commerce by Threats and Violence; Aiding and Abetting
- Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction; Aiding and Abetting (four counts)
The criminal complaint, originally filed in April and included at the bottom of this article made the introductory case against Tsarnaev. The indictment goes much further.
For example, it explains what happened during the bombing.
On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:40p.m., DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV walked to the front of the Forum restaurant at 755 Boylston Street, where he placed a backpack concealing an IED constructed from a pressure cooker, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, electronic components, and other materials, among a dense crowd of Marathon spectators that included men, women, and children.
25. On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:48p.m., DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV called Tamerlan Tsarnaev [Ed. - his brother] using his prepaid cell phone and spoke to him for several seconds.
26. On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:49 p.m., seconds after DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV completed his phone call to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated the bomb he had placed in front of Marathon Sports, killing Krystle Marie Campbell andmaiming and seriously injuring many others.
27. On April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:49 p.m., seconds after Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated the bomb he had placed in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street, DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV detonated the bomb he had placed in front of the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street, killing Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard, and maiming and seriously injuring many others.
The indictment also details the night of the confrontation in Watertown that ended in the death of Tamerlan. The two, armed with "five IEDs, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun, ammunition for the Ruger, [and] a machete" drove to MIT, where they killed a police officer. Later, the police caught up with them.
On April 19, 2013, at approximately 12:50 a.m., after attempting to shoot, bomb, and kill or disable the law enforcement officers who were trying to apprehend them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was tackled by three Watertown police officers — Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, Sergeant John MacLellan, and Officer John Reynolds — and struggled with them as they tried to handcuff him. DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV reentered the Mercedes and drove it directly at the three police officers.
38. When DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV drove the Mercedes at the three police officers, he barely missed Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who was attempting to drag Tamerlan Tsarnaev to safety. Then DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV ran over Tamerlan Tsarnaev, seriously injuring him and contributing to his death.
During a press conference at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon — attended, it seems, by the majority of Massachusetts' law enforcement community — U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz walked through the charges, explaining that a decision to seek the death penalty had not been made, and is solely the province of Attorney General Eric Holder. She was not able to offer any information about Tsarnaev's current medical condition and several times declined to comment on the writing found in the boat where Tsarnaev was captured. The indictment specified some of what it said:
"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;" "Now I don't like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [unintelligible] it is allowed;" and "Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop."
Ortiz did add more details about the crimes. A month before the bombing, for example, the Tsarnaev brothers went to a firing range in Manchester, New Hampshire, where they rented two 9 millimeter handguns and engaged in target practice. On April 5, Tamerlan ordered components online, shipped to the brothers' Cambridge house, that were used to construct the IEDs. And the day before the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got a pre-paid cell phone under an assumed name similar to his own.
A grand jury in Middlesex County has also indicted Tsarnaev on fifteen local counts related to the MIT murder and the events in Watertown. Those counts include murder, armed robbery, armed assault, and firearms charges. The Suffolk County district attorney summarized the day's announcements. "Tamerlan Tsarnaev's judgment will be in the next world," he said, "but for his brother, it begins right here in Massachusetts."
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.