Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to 30 charges relating to his supposed involvement in April’s deadly terrorist attack that claimed four lives.
Tsarnaev, 19, entered his plea during his first public appearance in court Wednesday. More than half of the charges lobbed against him potentially imply the death penalty.
WCVB News in Boston reported that Tsarnaev entered the court at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday dressed in an orange prison suit. David Frank of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reported that the defendant had his left hand in a cast but otherwise appeared healthy.
“Tsarnaev is not showing any signs of injuries. His family is crying,” added WCVB’s Sean Kelly.
According to Kelly, the prosecution intends on calling upwards of 100 witnesses to stand trial and expects the proceedings to go as long as four months. His next court appearance, a status conference, is scheduled for September 23.