Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, was charged Monday with “using a weapon of mass destruction” and could face the death penalty if convicted.
The US Department of Justice said a magistrate judge attended the bedside hearing held in the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital where Tsarnaev remains in a serious condition.
The 19-year-old has been charged with "using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death."
Three people died and more than 200 others were injured in the April 15 twin-bombing attack, which was the worst attack on US soil since September 11, 2001.
"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," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was quoted as saying.
Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, has been accused of carrying out the deadly attacks with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a gunfight with police early Friday morning amid one of the biggest manhunts in US history.
Police arrested Tsarnaev Friday night after he was found hiding in a boat parked in a backyard.
A federal court hearing has been set for May 30.
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