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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death

Boston Bombing Suspect in Court for 1st Time Since 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned in July 2013

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    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    The man in the orange jumpsuit who appeared in court Thursday is 21-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    Seen on video for the first time since his April 2013 arrest, as he’s transported back to Fort Devens prison following his appearance in Federal Court Thursday.

    Among those inside the courtroom for Tsarnaev’s last pretrial hearing were Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveaux, injured MBTA Officer Dic Donohue and bombing survivor Marc Fucarile.

    "I'm grateful and happy that I’m able to be here, all my supporters have been amazing," said Fucarile.

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    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    Tsarnaev received vocal support in court from the mother-in-law of now deceased Waltham triple murder suspect Ibraghim Todashev.
    She was escorted out as she was yelling to him in Russian.

    "I said in court, 'Dzhokhar you have a lot of supporters, we pray for you, we here for you Dzhokhar, we know you’re innocent, be strong, son,'" said Elena Teyer, Todashev's mother-in-law. "That's what I said.”

    Outside court, a small group held signs alleging the bombing was a government conspiracy.

    "I've been to every hearing and there's been no evidence," said Karin Friedemann of Boston.

    "I don't support terror or terrorism and never would, but I am here supporting his rights as an American citizen," added Valerie Vanetta, who traveled here from Philadelphia.

    Fucarile actually walked up to one of the protestors and showed her his prosthetic leg in an effort to silence her.

    "I just asked her if she wanted to maybe look at the evidence and then she could make a choice or decision how she felt," he said.

    Jury selection begins January 5, 2015.

    Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to all 30 federal charges against him.

    He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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