State prosecutor wants to try Tsarnaev for officer’s death
WOBURN, Mass. — A state prosecutor says she intends to try Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer even though Tsarnaev is already on death row.
The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was sentenced to death last month after being convicted of federal charges in the April 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Some of those charges related to the shooting of officer Sean Collier by Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan days after the bombings.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan tells The Boston Globe a state trial is still appropriate. She noted Tsarnaev’s federal conviction and sentence will be appealed.
The prosecutor did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press. Defense attorney John Salsberg declined comment.
The Tsarnaev brothers carjacked a Boston man that night and briefly held him hostage. Police tracked the brothers to nearby Watertown, where Tamerlan died after a shootout with officers. Dzhokhar was captured several hours later after an intense manhunt, hiding in a boat in a backyard in the Boston suburb.
“When you come into Middlesex County and execute a police officer in the performance of his duties and assault other officers attempting to effect his capture, it is appropriate you should come back to Middlesex County to stand trial for that offense,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s office said it just beginning the process of seeking his return to the state from federal custody and it’s unclear when he could be tried. A message seeking comment was left Saturday with Ryan’s spokeswoman.
A Middlesex grand jury indicted Tsarnaev in June 2013 on the charges that also include carjacking and kidnapping. Boston prosecutors decided not to pursue separate state charges.
Tsarnaev is at the high-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado.