Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty, Charged With 30 Crimes at Arraignment

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court today, pleading not guilty to 30 offenses including use of a weapon of mass destruction.

In his first public appearance since being arrested on April 19, Tsarnaev leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent.

The defendant then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times.

It's not clear when he will face trial, or if he will eventually change his plea.

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to pursue the death penalty for the 19-year-old Tsarnaev, yet it seems highly unlikely that they would not.

Authorities say he and an older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted two bombs, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 at the marathon.

The four days after the April 15 attack culminated in an an epic manhunt.

His older brother was killed three days later following a shootout with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was later found hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard.

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