US to seek death penalty in Boston bombing case

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The United States will pursue the death penalty against Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dpa reported.

"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," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to charges that he carried out the bombings along with his brother on April 15 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 250.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a chase by police in the days afterward. After being wounded by police, the brother was run over by the car in which Dzhokhar was trying to flee the shootout.

In their flight from police, the two brothers also allegedly killed a police officer.

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