Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court
In the 19-year-old’s first appearance since being captured in a manhunt after the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty while 30 victims and family members expressed fury at the proceedings. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.
Surviors of the Boston marathon bombing watched as accused bomb bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Boston.NBC's Katy Tur is in Boston with reaction. Good Morning,Katy.
Good morning, Natalie. It was a short but intense day here at federal court yesterday as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered formal pleas of not guilty in the marathon bombing. this as family members and victims looked on hoping to find some remorse from the teenager charged with ripping apart so many lives. it was the 19-year-old's first appearance since being captured following the day-long man hunt that held the nation's attention back in april. His arm in a cast, his face more noticeably swollen than the images the world has come to know him by. Tsarnaev answered not guilty seven times as the 30 charges including using a weapon of mass destruction were read to him. He then blew a kiss to his crying sisters as he left the courtroom. No words for the crush of media as they departed but others described the brief, seven-minute hearing.
He is a punk. He showed no remorse. That's what my impression was.
reporter: Also on hand, a number of the bombing survivors. Each wanting to see the suspected terrorist with their own eyes.
I think he should suffer in jail for the rest of his life. Death is too quick.
reporter: Along with victims' families like Liz Norton whose two sons J.P. and Paul each lost a leg in the blast.
I don't know. I actually feel sick to my stomach.
reporter: Little comfort for some but for others it was seven minutes that brought Tsarnaev one step closer to justice.
It's next up in our healing from Boston . I want to be here to support the victims as well as their behaviors for Boston.
reporter: The next hearing is september 23rd . Prosecutors say during the trial they expect to call 80 to a hundred witnesses and that could take about four months. And of course if they decide to pursue it Tsarnaev could face the death penalty . Natalie？
All right. Katy Tur from Boston. Thank you, Katy.