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In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley federal courthouse in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley federal courthouse in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)
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Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan's office wants to bring the 21-year-old convicted Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, back to Massachusetts to face charges for the killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier, and for other crimes during the police shootout in Watertown in 2013.

DA Ryan was unable to speak to Radio Boston, but her office released a statement over the weekend:

"When you come into Middlesex County and execute a police officer in the performance of his duties and assault other officers attempting to effect his [sic] capture, it is appropriate you should come back to Middlesex County to stand trial for that offense."

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David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter and co-host of the "Finish Line: Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial" podcast. He tweets @davidboeri.

George Vein, former federal prosecutor, now at the law firm of Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar.

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WBUR: Middlesex DA Wants To Try Tsarnaev For MIT Officer’s Death

  • "Attorney Brad Bailey, a former prosecutor in the Middlesex district attorney’s office, says the need for closure is important, however he thinks the decision to prosecute should be scrutinized. 'With somebody facing the ultimate penalty like that, one wonders really what the necessity is to try for an outcome that is something less than [the death penalty],' Bailey said."

The Boston Globe: Tsarnaev May Face State Trial For Sean Collier Death

  • "Bringing Tsarnaev back to Massachusetts could also pose challenges, such as the expense of a second trial, including paying for Tsarnaev’s defense and the security arrangements needed to guard a high-profile prisoner. If Tsarnaev does not plead guilty, a second trial could also dredge up wrenching emotions for victims who were hoping Tsarnaev would fade from public view after he was convicted of the federal crimes and sentenced to death."

This segment aired on July 13, 2015.

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