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Friday, July 12, 2013
Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared before a federal judge in South Boston, pleading not guilty to the terrorism charges he faces in an attack that killed three and wounded an additional 260.
As cited by NBC News on 10 July, 2013, Tsarnaev faces a 30-count indictment, to include the separate killing of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier.
Those killed in the Marathon Bombing were eight-year-old Martin Richard; twenty three-year-old Lingzi Lu and twenty nine-year-old Krystle Marie Campbell.
"He came out and he smirked at the families..."
An angered Ed Fucarile commented of Tsarnaev, "He came out and he smirked at the families, the lawyers put their hands on his shoulders like it was going to be all right."
The elder Fucarile's son, Marc lost his right leg and still carries shrapnel in his body.
Marc's fiancée, Jennifer Regan was more blunt in describing the charged terrorist, "he's disgusting."
Slain Officer Collier's former boss, MIT Police Chief John DiFava stated that he was "disgusted" with the manner Tsarnaev conducted himself.
Chief DiFava was quoted as saying:
I didn't see a lot of remorse. I didn't see a lot of regret. I'd like to grab him by the throat.
The mother of two sons, J.P. and Paul who each lost a leg in the blast, Liz Norden simply said, "I felt sick to my stomach."
Still on crutches due to her injuries in the blast, Mildred Valverde said the hearing was emotionally taxing.
“Just to be in the same room with him was bothersome,” Valverde said.
The still suffering terrorism victim added that if Tsarnaev is convicted, she doesn't wish the death penalty upon him.
I'd rather see him suffer. Death is too quick.
Other than smirking, Tsarnaev was also seen yawning during the hearing, as well as seeming to make a conscience effort not to make direct eye contact with any of the victims or their families.