0:46:01 AMPacked court expected for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arraignment
Accused teen terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will make his first public appearance since being caught cowering in a shrink-wrapped boat when he’s arraigned tomorrow in a federal courtroom on charges related to the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt that killed four people and injured 260.
All of the accused bomber’s victims have been notified of the 3:30 hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston, but Christina DiIorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said she is unable to discuss how many plan to attend.
One courthouse official did tell the Herald: "We are giving a lot of space to the victims.”
Tsarnaev’s arraignment is scheduled to be held in a fifth-floor courtroom adjacent to the one where Southie mobster James "Whitey” Bulger is on trial.
Members of the general public who clear security also will be able to watch the arraignment on a television monitor in a separate area.
"I am definitely anticipating a full courtroom,” said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Kevin Neal. "Seating will be very limited.”
Tsarnaev was indicted last month on 30 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, in connection with the April 15 bombings.
The 19-year-old former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student also has been accused of the murder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was gunned down in his patrol car April 18 — hours after the FBI released photos of the two bombing suspects, Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
The elder brother was killed during an early-morning shootout with police in Watertown on April 19, but Dzhokhar escaped a police dragnet and was captured hiding in a drydocked boat in a Watertown backyard shortly after a daylong Boston area lockdown was lifted.
DiIorio-Sterling said Tsarnaev’s arraignment will be before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler.
By: Richard Weir
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