The first court hearing would be held in a Massachusetts District court on May 30, the judge ruled yesterday. The 19-year-old Chechen-origin suspect is charged with conspiring to use "weapon of mass destruction", faces death penalty if convicted by the court. He appeared alert, mentally competent, and lucid, the judge said.
Dzhokhar was arrested on Friday from a boat parked in the backyard of a house in a Boston neighbourhood ending days of massive manhunt to find the culprits of the Boston bombing attack.
He was admitted to a city hospital soon thereafter as he was badly injured with apparent gunshots wounds on head, neck, legs and hand. Given the sensitivity of the case and his health condition, the authorities converted his hospital room into a court where District Judge Marianne B Bowler conducted the proceedings with Dzhokhar on his hospital bed and the two Assistant US Attorneys, William Weinreb and Indian American Aloke Chakravarty, representing the federal government.