By Jane Nambi
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges in connection to the Boston marathon bombings which killed three people in April and injured scores.
The 19-year-old continuously pleaded not guilty as the charges were being read yesterday, Wednesday during a seven-minute proceeding. This was the first time that Dzhokhar appeared in public since his capture mid-April.
With a jaw injury and a swelling around his left eye and cheek, Dzhokhar smiled to his two sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. After pleading not guilty, he was led away in handcuffs as he made a kissing gesture toward his family with his lips.
The proceedings took place in a heavily guarded courtroom which was packed with people ranging from the Boston bombings victims alongside their families, police officers, and members of the public and the media.