State prosecutor to charge Tsarnaev
A Massachusetts district attorney plans to bring state murder charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death in a federal trial for a deadly bomb attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon, her office said Saturday.
The Boston Globe reported that Middle sex District Attorney Marian Ryan said she would charge Tsarnaev with murder in the killing of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier and for other crimes in the aftermath of the attacks.
Ryan said a guilty verdict in Massachusetts could keep Tsarnaev in prison if he successfully appeals his federal convictions.
Critics have said a prosecution in Massachusetts would be expensive and unnecessary, given the death sentence already imposed.
Tsarnaev was convicted in April of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, as well as fatally shooting Collier three days later.