Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

06/27/2013 at 02:10 PM EDT

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Boston Regional Intelligence Center/AP
The U.S. Attorney General says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been indicted by federal grand jury with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and "killing four individuals among other charges".

In a Tweet posted earlier in the day, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts also said that a press conference would be held Thursday afternoon.

In all, a 30-count indictment was handed down against Tsarnaev. In addition to the three deaths caused by the bombs at the marathon, he was charged with the murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, according to Boston Globe reporter David Abel.

Abel also Tweeted: "Tsarnaev charges include 'bombing of a place of public use' and 'malicious destruction of property resulting in death and conspiracy' ... 'carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; interference with commerce by threats or violence.' "

The reporter also posted that "17 charges authorize life imprisonment or the death penalty."

Tsarnaev made his initial court appearance from his room in Boston's Beth Israel Hospital a week after the April 15 attacks.

Officials say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 180 others.

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