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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was officially charged Thursday for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Tsarnaev was indicted on 30 counts by a federal grand jury Thursday, 17 of which could result in the death penalty, like using a weapon of mass destruction.
He was also charged with 15 counts, including murder, by the state.
The 74-page indictment reports that when Tsarnaev was hiding in a boat in a Watertown, Massachusetts backyard, he wrote a message on the inside wall and beams of the boat saying, among other things, "The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians," "I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished," "Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop," "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all," and "Now I don't like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said (unintelligible) it is allowed."
The surprising thing from the indictment is the tone of it, said former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem.
"It is Dzhokhar. You read this indictment, and there's nothing about the older brother, there's nothing about, 'Oh, he's the hapless younger brother,'" said Kayyem. "He did a lot of things to make this attack work and it outlines what that chronology is."
"He was seriously involved with downloading the information, purchasing ammunition, and essentially planning the attack. So this is a full-court press by the United States to say, you know, he is as guilty as his dead older brother," said Kayyem.
Tsarnaev will be arraigned next month.
Check out the video above for CNN contributor Juliette Kayyem's full analysis.
And watch CNN correspondent Deborah Feyerick's reporting on the indictment in the video below, or by clicking here.
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