BOSTON — Newly unsealed court papers describe the injuries to the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
According to a doctor who treated him, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s injuries included multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the face, and a skull fracture.
The injuries were described by Dr. Stephen Ray Odom three days after Tsarnaev was captured hiding in a boat in a backyard. Transcripts of the testimony were unsealed Monday.
Odom says one bullet appeared to enter through the left inside of his mouth and exit the lower section of his face on the left side. He says Tsarnaev also had wounds to his lower extremities and bone injuries to his left hand.
Tsarnaev, who has been hospitalized since his capture with wounds suffered in a shootout and getaway attempt, faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the April 15 twin explosions that left three people dead and more than 260 wounded. Tsarnaev also is charged in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and the carjacking of a motorist during a getaway attempt. He could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it.
Authorities say Tsarnaev orchestrated the bombing along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died following a gunbattle with police several days after the attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested on April 19, hiding in a bloodstained boat in a suburban backyard after a manhunt that paralyzed much of the Boston area.
Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, 23, were killed by the two bombs, which were fashioned out of pressure cookers, gunpowder, nails and other shrapnel. Numerous victims lost legs
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, a Muslim, wrote about his motivations for the bombing on the inside walls and beams of the boat. He scrawled that the US government was “killing our innocent civilians,” and also wrote: “We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”
Times of Israel contributed to this report.