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UPDATED: Boston Marathon bombing suspect to be tried in federal court

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The man accused of setting off two bombs at the finish line of last Monday's Boston Marathon has been charged.

Djhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with conspiring to use weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in the United States resulting in death. Because Tsarnaev is a naturalized citizen, he will be tried in federal court and not as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal. The charge comes with a possible death sentence. He may face additional state charges for the death of an MIT campus police officer.

Tsarnaev made his first appearance in front of a magistrate judge in his hospital room on Monday. He is currently in serious but stable condition, and suffers from a gunshot wound to the throat that prevents him from speaking. He has been communicating with authorities through writing. It is not yet clear if the wound was self-inflicted. He is also said to have gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs, and hand.

According to a criminal complaint, Tsarnaev is seen on surveillance cameras putting a backpack on the ground near the location of the second blast. He was then seen manipulating and lifting a cellphone to his ear. The FBI said he was seen walking calmly away after the first explosion and then the second explosion occurred where he left the backpack. It was not clear whether Tsarnaev used the phone to detonate a bomb or if he was talking to someone.

In a search of Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, the FBI said BBs and a white hat and dark jacket similar to those worn by one of the bombing suspects were found.

Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan are responsible for the explosions that killed three and hurt over 180. Tamerlan died Friday after an exchange of gunfire with police.

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