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Boston Bombing Suspect Appears In Court For First Time Since 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court in Boston for the final hearing before his death penalty trial starts in January.

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Twenty-one-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in Massachusetts federal court today for a final hearing before his trial starts in January.

Tsarnaev arrived in handcuffs, which were removed as he took his seat next to his defense team. It was his first public appearance since his arraignment 17 months ago in July 2013.

Tsarnaev arrives. Shaggy hair. Shaggy beard. Takes a seat next to his lawyer.

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Tsarnaev arrives. Shaggy hair. Shaggy beard. Takes a seat next to his lawyer.

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Judge asks Tsarnaev if he's been kept up to speed on the case. "Yes, sir" "Very much" he responds.

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Judge asks Tsarnaev if he's been kept up to speed on the case. "Yes, sir" "Very much" he responds.

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Tsarnaev appears in good shape. Last time in court he was in a cast, wounded face.

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Tsarnaev appears in good shape. Last time in court he was in a cast, wounded face.

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Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon along with his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev that killed three and injured more than 260.

The most dramatic moment in court happened after the judge adjourned the hearing. Elena Teyer, the mother-in-law of Ibragim Todashev, friend of Tamerlan who was killed by the FBI in 2013, stood up and spoke to Tsarnaev in Russian.

She was kicked out of court by U.S. marshals while yelling, "Don't kill an innocent boy."

Teyer spoke to media outside the courthouse and translated what she said in Russian during her outburst at the hearing.

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Boston bombing victim Marc Fucarile attended the hearing. As he arrived at the courthouse, walking with a cane to support his prosthetic leg, Fucarile confronted Tsarnaev supporters demonstrating outside.

Marc Fucarile holding up prosthetic leg to Tsarnaev supporters outside courthouse during confrontation #WCVB

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Marc Fucarile holding up prosthetic leg to Tsarnaev supporters outside courthouse during confrontation #WCVB

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Marathon bombing victim, Marc Fucarile, hasn't taken his eyes off Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Marathon bombing victim, Marc Fucarile, hasn't taken his eyes off Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Marathon bombing victim, Marc Fucarile, trying to leave federal court.

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Marathon bombing victim, Marc Fucarile, trying to leave federal court.

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Several Tsarnaev supporters stood outside the courthouse before and after the hearing. The conspiracy theorists voiced their opinion that the government is responsible for the bombing and the Tsarnaevs were setup by the FBI.

Kimberly Ciaramella: it's important that people mention the inconsistencies.

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Kimberly Ciaramella: it's important that people mention the inconsistencies.

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"I believe [Tsarnaevs] were set up."

Peter Kan Zendran, claims to be a friend of Tamerlan. Says he agrees with what he did.

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Peter Kan Zendran, claims to be a friend of Tamerlan. Says he agrees with what he did.

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Other conspiracy theorists trying to get away from "friend of Tamerlan"

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Other conspiracy theorists trying to get away from "friend of Tamerlan"

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Jury selection in the case starts Jan. 5. Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted.

Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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