Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should know by January at the latest whether the American government will want to put him death for the role he played in one of the biggest terrorist attacks on U.S. ground since September 11, 2001.
Federal prosecutors located in Boston will send their opinions to the Justice Department in Washington whether to go after the death penalty and then a final decision should be made around 90 days after that.
The prosecuting team say Tsarnaev, age 20, along with his older brother Tamerlan placed two pressure-cooker bombs which were homemade, at the race’s finish line on April 15 of this year. When the bombs exploded, they killed three people and wounded 264 more. Three nights after that, the brothers alleged murdered an MIT university police officer and also battled with other officers in a major shoot-out with that ended up leaving left Tamerlan dead.
Tsarnaev, who is being held in a federal prison just west of Boston, did not appear in court today.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble