BOSTON (July 10, 2013)--In a courtroom packed with survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and police officers among others, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 30, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the bombing.
In his first court appearance, Tsarnaev appeared with his arm in a cast and his face swollen.
He appeared nonchalant and almost bored during the hearing.
His two sisters, both in Muslim garb, were in the courtroom.
Tsarnaev leaned over toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," several times in a Russian accent before he was led out of the courtroom, making a kissing motion with his lips toward his family as he left.
Tsarnaev faces federal charges in the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.
Prosecutors could seek the death penalty.
Tsarnaev orchestrated the attack along with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died following a shootout with police three days after the bombing, authorities said.