BOSTON (April 22, 2013)--Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the lone 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, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.
The charge carries a possible death sentence.
Tsarnaev made his initial court appearance in his room in Beth Israel hospital where he’s 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 FBI says in an affidavit that Tsarnaev was seen using a cellphone after placing a backpack on the ground at an explosion site, but doesn't say whether the suspect is thought to have used the cellphone as a detonator.
The affidavit also says one of the bombers told a carjacking victim, "Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that."
It says Tsarnaev had gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs, and hand when he was taken to a hospital after his capture Friday.