BOSTON (AP) â?? The U.S. Attorney General says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property resulting in death.
In a statement Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder detailed the charge against 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The charge carries a possible death sentence.
Tsarnaev made his initial court appearance in his room in Beth Israel hospital. He is listed in serious but stable condition.
Officials say Tsarnaev and his older brother set off the twin explosions at Monday's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.
The White House says Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tsarnaev will be prosecuted in the federal court system.
He says President Barack Obama's entire national security team supports the decision.
Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. Carney says that since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.
Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother and suspected co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were born in southern Russia.
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