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article imageBoston Marathon bomb case suspect pleads not guilty, fans agree

By Yukio Strachan     Jul 11, 2013 in Crime
Boston - Lacey Buckley has never met accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but she didn’t let that stop her from traveling to Boston for his court appearance Wednesday. Why? Because she believes he's innocent.
“I just think so many of his rights were violated. They almost murdered an unarmed kid in a boat,” Buckley said.
Buckley, 23, and a group of about a dozen Tsarnaev supporters from Washington cheered as the motorcade arrived at U.S. District Court in Boston, the Associated Press reported.
The demonstrators yelled, "Justice for Jahar!" as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said, "Free Jahar."
That 19-year-old former college student was arrested on April 19 when he was found hiding in a boat, badly wounded, in a suburban backyard.
He was charged late last month with killing three people. He faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it, the AP said.
The bombing charges stemmed from explosions on April 15, 2013, at approximately 2 :49 p.m.
He allegedly set off homemade pressure-cooker bombs, assembled by him and his older brother, in a crowd of race spectators.
For the first charge, he leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent. He then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek and a cast on his arm, according to the AP.
I can‘ t stand to see such evil go unpunished
On April 19, 2013, Tsarnaev scrawled a note about his motivations for the bombing on an inside wall and beams of the boat where he was hiding from police in a drydocked boat in a Watertown, Massachusetts backyard.
"We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all."
"Now I don't like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [unintelligible] it is allowed," he wrote, according to court papers. "Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop."
"The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians," the note read, according to court papers. "I can‘ t stand to see such evil go unpunished."
As a result, three people — Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Marie Campbell, 29; and Lingzi Lu, 23 — were killed by the bombs, which were improvised from pressure cookers. Authorities say the Tsarnaevs also killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier days later while they were on the run.
The marathon attack injured about 264 people, with many losing legs.
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