A Massachusetts court issued an arrest warrant for the alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Prosecutors are trying to preserve their right to try him on state murder charges in the death of an MIT police officer.  Tsarneav is currently in federal custody and has pled not guilty to 30 charges related to the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon on April 15th.  The bombs killed three people and injured 260.  U.S. Marshals said they won’t bring Tsarneav to Massachusetts for a state trial until after the federal case concludes completely.

This step is procedural and only preserves the right for the state to try Tsarneav for the murder of MIT officer Sean Collier and charges stemming from a police shootout in Watertown if they so choose to proceed.

“The defendant has a right to a speedy arraignment and trial on the state charges. The Commonwealth has taken steps necessary to begin that process…” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The default warrant requests that Marshals bring Tsarneav to Middlesex Superior Court for arraignment as soon as possible, however since they have already expressed their intention not to the warrant allows the case to remain active.  Federal prosecutors allege that Tamerlan Tsarneav and Dzhokhar Tsarneav built two pressure cooker bombs and placed them near the finish line of the marathon in backpacks.  Tamerlan Tsarneav was killed following the shootout with police four days after the bombings.  The entire area was on lockdown during the manhunt.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction and 16 other charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.


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