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Bombing suspect arraigned in hospital, may face the death penalty

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Dee DeQuattro

The initial court appearance for the Boston bombing suspect was held in Beth Israel Hospital Monday afternoon.

A Federal Court Magistrate arraigned19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev inside the hospital. He was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction death resulting and malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device, death resulting.

The complaint revealed that the two bombing suspects told the man they hijacked a vehicle from near the MIT campus that they were responsible for the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

The witness said the men approached the vehicle with a gun and said "did you hear about the Boston explosion? yeah, I did that."

The complaints also revealed that a pyrotechnic, BB's and a white hat and jacket that was similar to the one worn by the bomber in the photo was recovered from his dorm room in Pine Dale Hall at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

On Monday, the Whitehouse revealed that Dzhokhar will stand charges in federal court and not be tried as an enemy combatant. If convicted Dzhokhar could face the death penalty.

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed said that he would support the death penalty in this case if that is what the prosecutors call for. Meanwhile Governor Chafee has stood by his opposition to death penalty saying, "I'm consistent on my opinion about the death penalty and that has not changed."

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley agreed stating that the death penalty just adds to a "culture of death."

In addition to federal charges, Dzhokhar may also face charges in Massachusetts but it is unclear at this time.

Tsarnaev was injured when police pursued him on Friday and is currently in serious condition. His 26-year-old brother, the second suspect, Tamerlan was killed during a police chase early Friday morning.

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