Boston Bombing Suspect Communicating With Authorities — Chris Wolfe Reports
He’s communicating — but not talking.
Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first court appearance today from his hospital bed, facing a federal judge.
Though sedated, sources say the 19-year-old is able to nod his head from time to time to answer questions.
The young terror suspect was charged with two federal counts of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, injure and cause widespread damage.
Three people died and dozens of others were injured — many of them losing limbs — in the Boston Marathon bombing attack.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.
Sources say he’s now blaming his older brother, Tamerlan, as the driving force behind the plot.
Tamerlan was killed last Thursday during a shootout with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts.
The younger brother is now in serious condition at Beth Israel Medical Center, where he remains under heavy police guard.
As police closed in on the two bombing suspects last week, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently suffered gunshot wounds to the head, neck, hand and legs.
According to some reports, the injury to his throat may have been self-inflicted.
Thermal imaging shows the younger Tsarnaev hiding in a boat stored in a Watertown backyard.
After nearly half an hour of negotiating, law enforcement officers moved in and took him alive.
Police and federal agents say one of the most critical points of the investigation is trying to determine whether the brothers had associates — and plans for more attacks.
Officials say they have recovered an arsenal of deadly weapons from various crime scenes, including homemade bombs, grenades, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The Boston police commissioner says the evidence suggests the marathon attack was intended to be just the first in a series.
Investigators say the bombs used were household pressure cookers packed with explosives and shrapnel, and that they had sophisticated components.
Al-Qaeda linked groups have published instructions for making such bombs online, but it’s still unclear if that information served as a teaching tool in this case.
–Chris Wolfe, KTLA News