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Apr 23, 2013 7:19 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Officials: Bomb suspects appear driven by religious views


BOSTON (AP) - The next step in the legal process against the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect is likely to be an indictment, in which federal prosecutors could add new charges to existing ones that could carry the death penalty.

Still unable to speak because of wounds, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev answered questions in writing yesterday and was officially charged in the bombing.

U.S. officials say Tsarnaev and his brother appear to have been motivated by their religious views, not any connection to any Muslim terrorist groups. The officials made the assessment after Tsarnaev was interrogated in his hospital room, where he's being treated for severe wounds allegedly suffered during violent encounters with law enforcement following the Boston Marathon bombings.

He was charged Monday with federal crimes that could bring the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

The brothers, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been living in the U.S. for about a decade, practiced Islam.

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