Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, alleged Marathon bomber, should be arraigned in Middlesex County slaying, prosecutors say

Middlesex County prosecutors have obtained a warrant for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev so they can arraign him on charges that he murdered an MIT police officer in Cambridge.

A State Police photographer caught this picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he was hiding in Watertown with the dot from a laser gunsight on his face. (Sean Murphy/AP/File) —AP

Tsarnaev, 20, of Cambridge was indicted by a county grand jury in June in the murder of Officer Sean Collier on April 18. He also faces a variety charges of other charges, including armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly attacking Watertown police officers in a shootout in the early morning hours of April 19, a few hours after Collier’s murder.

“It is the intention of the Middlesex District Attorney that the defendant stand trial for these charges in Middlesex County,’’ District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement.


Prosecutors won the default warrant at a hearing this morning in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.

They explained that it was a procedural step necessary to ensure that Tsarnaev eventually appears in state court to be arraigned. Tsarnaev will likely not appear there until the conclusion of his federal trial.

Tsarnaev is already being held in federal custody on charges that could bring him the death penalty for allegedly planting the bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, killing three and wounding 260 others.

Prosecutor Adrienne Lynch asked Magistrate Judge Michael Sullivan for the warrant. Neither Tsarnaev nor his attorney appeared in today’s hearing.

Tsarnaev’s partner in crime was allegedly his brother, Tamerlan, 26. He died during the confrontation with police on April 19 in Watertown. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev slipped through the police dragnet but was discovered hours later hiding in a boat stored in a Watertown backyard.

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