The hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been officially charged on Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction. According to the White House, he will be tried in a civilian court.
Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement; “He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice.”
Carney added, “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”
Tsarnaev was apprehended by police in a boat in a Boston suburb on Friday evening, after a manhunt of nearly 24 hours that left his brother, and partner in crime, deceased.
According to FBI documents, surveillance video at each bombing site shows each of the brothers dropping their backpacks before leaving the scene seconds before the blasts.