Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned by a federal judge in his hospital bed moments ago, according to reports from Global Grind and the Boston Globe.
The Boston bombing suspect captured Friday was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in the U.S. resulting in death.
With the accused in serious condition, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s initial court appearance was conducted today by a federal magistrate judge in his hospital room.
Officials legally had 72 hours to charge him following his arrest.
Gary H. Wente, circuit executive for the federal courts in the First Circuit, confirmed the rumored bedside arraignment to the Globe Monday afternoon.
Reports indicate that Tsarnaev is conscious and has even responded to some questions in writing, however the extent of his injuries remains unclear.
Equally unknown is what he was asked or how he answered.
In any case, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also faces the charge of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
Three people were killed and more than 170 were hurt, many severely, in last week's dual blasts near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon.
The charges carry the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison for the 19-year-old, who remains at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The federal public defender’s office has been assigned to Tsarnaev's case.
Miriam Conrad, the chief public defender, had no comment as of yet.
“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.
He added, “We have once again shown that those who target innocent Americans and attempt to terrorize our cities will not escape from justice."
The new developments came after the White House said that Tsarnaev would be tried in the federal court system, and not as an enemy combatant.
“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will process this terrorist through our system of justice,” he said, noting that there was really no option.
He also said that U.S. citizens cannot be tried before military commissions. Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen, having been sworn in in September.
Carney also said President Obama “has been, and will continue to be” updated on Tsarnaev, who is now in the custody of the US Marshals Service.
Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, plotted to detonate the bombs that rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, authorities say.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gun battle early Friday with police in Watertown, spurring the massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who fled on foot.
That is, if you believe this was even a real story, or Tsarnaev isn't an actor. Yes, Boston bombing conspiracy theories are already popping up online.