Boston Bombing Suspect Shot in Throat
KREX News Room
BOSTON (AP) - A U.S. senator says the hospitalized suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was shot in the throat, raising questions about his ability to speak to investigators.
Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana told ABC's "This Week'' that there are questions over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be able to talk again.
Coats said that doesn't mean the 19-year-old can't communicate, but he's "in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all.''
CNN reported Sunday evening that Tsarnaev has been in written communication with officials, citing anonymous sources. The degree of communication is unknown.
Tsarnaev was captured from a tarp-covered boat in a suburban Boston yard Friday night and remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday.
Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, were in a shootout with police early Friday. Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar fled the scene bleeding.
Investigators have been collecting evidence at crime scenes in Boston and Watertown, Mass., in order to bring charges, which sources said could come early this week.
The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence.