Tsarnaev Admits Bombings, Blames Brother
Fresh details of questioning, court hearing emerge
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 4:48 AM CDT
Updated Apr 23, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
This image was taken approximately 10-20 minutes before the Boston blasts shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, and his brother Tamerlan.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has confessed to the Boston Marathon bombings, but told interrogators that his dead brother was the driving force behind the attacks, a government source tells CNN. The 19-year-old, who has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction and told he could face the death penalty, is being questioned in the presence of doctors every few hours. He has told investigators that he and his brother acted alone, without the involvement of any Islamic terrorist groups, though officials say the pair's religion motivated the attacks. The Tsarnaev brothers got bomb-making instructions off the Internet, adds NBC.

Tsarnaev's gunshot wounds have left him barely able to speak, but he communicated mostly by nodding during a court hearing held in his hospital room, the New York Times reports. He spoke only once, to say "no" when asked if he could afford a lawyer, according to a transcript. "I find that the defendant is alert, mentally competent, and lucid. He is aware of the nature of the proceedings," the judge said, setting Tsarnaev's next court date for May.

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sunniladi
Apr 24, 2013 1:40 AM CDT
hmm.. in all the pictures and video I saw, never once did I notice big brother holding a gun to Dzhokhar's head. well, I hope he was offering this info matter-of-factly and not as blame for something he was every bit as much a part of.
spitzer
Apr 24, 2013 12:20 AM CDT
He is happy his death will be through the merciful American court system...but bummed he couldn't hasten the process. But then again happy he isn't being tried in the Middle East eye-for-eye fashion. Oh, what must race through the mind of an evil terrorist. What could a victim's family member possibly say to this piece of crap upon sentencing?
ToldYa
Apr 23, 2013 11:10 PM CDT
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.