Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arguing that he acted in “an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner” and lacks remorse for the terrorist attack which killed three and injured more than 250.
A trial date has not been set for Tsarnaev. His next hearing is February 12.
From NBC News:
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement: “After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”
Among the factors listed by the government were that the killings were intentional, resulted from acts calculated to cause grave risks to public safety, and were committed in a cruel manner. And prosecutors said the defendant has demonstrated no remorse.