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Boston Marathon suspect charged

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The Justice Department has released the text of the criminal complaint against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

According to the affidavit, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction, and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. He is listed in serious but stable condition.  Tsarnaev made his first court appearance from his room at Beth Israel hospital.

Officials say Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan set off the twin explosions at Monday's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

The affidavit details Dzhokar's behavior before the explosions on April 15th.  At about 2:45 PM, surveillance cameras in front of the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street captured Dzhohkar, referred to as "Bomber Two", putting down his knapsack in a crowd along the race route.  

Then, the document states Tsarnaev may have been "manipulating" his cell phone.  About 30 seconds before the first explosion a block away, Tsarnaev "lifts his phone to his ear as if he is speaking on his cell phone, and keeps it there for approximately 18 seconds."  When the explosion goes off, "Bomber Two, virtually alone among the individuals in front of the restaurant, appears calm."

As the crowd responds to the sound of the first explosion, cameras show Tsarnaev moving quickly away from the area, leaving his knapsack on the ground.  Ten seconds later, it exploded.

You can read the full text of the affidavit here:  Tsarnaev Affidavit

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