No Charges Filed Yet In Boston Marathon Bomber Case, Suspect In Critical Condition (UPDATED)

No charges have been filled yet in the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber suspect, 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev remains in critical condition in the hospital with “a bullet wound to what appears to be the back of his neck and another to his leg.”



The bullet wound to the neck appears to be self-inflicted, leading investigators to say “that wound to the back of the neck is very possibly a suicide attempt.”

They say it appears from the wound that he might have stuck a gun in his mouth, and fired and actually just went out the back of his neck without killing him. That’s one of the reasons he’s unable to communicate, but he can understand what they’re saying. And they believe there will be a point where he will be able to talk to him.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said in an interview on Sunday, “we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual,” referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Charges were expected to be filed against Tsarnaev earlier today, “however, Justice Department officials said late in the day, that charges would not be announced until Monday at the earliest,” and they gave no reason for the delay.  

Gov. Deval Patrick said today that a “surveillance video clearly puts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the attack.”

It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion,” Patrick said on “Meet the Press.” “It’s pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly.”

Investigators are also looking at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s behavior after the Marathon day bombings as he returned to the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Gov. Patrick said today on “Meet the Press.”

There is evidence of some frankly kind of normal student behavior in those ensuing days, which when you consider the enormity of what he was responsible for certainly raises a lot of questions in my mind and as I say more to the point in the minds of law enforcement as well,” Patrick said. “Those are the kinds of leads that still have to be pursued and run to ground.”

In related news, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmates at UMass Dartmouth, “expressed disbelief over his involvement in the attack and suggested that he may have been the victim of “brainwashing” by his older brother.”

Until Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is able to speak with investigators, the many questions of why the Tsarnaev brothers bombed the Boston Marathon and then terrorized Boston in their apparent attempt to flee the area after the F.B.I. released their photos to the public on Thursday, will go unanswered.

UPDATE 8:55 pm et: NBC News reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is “responding to a special team of federal investigators brought in to question him, mostly in writing because of the wound, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.

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