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Boston Bombing Suspect Awake, Responsive

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and communicating with authorities, according to ABCNews.com. However, he is only able to respond to questions in writing because of a wound to the throat.

By// Mariah Craddick

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and communicating with authorities, according to ABCNews.com. However, he is only able to respond to questions in writing because of a wound to the throat.

While investigators surely have a million questions to ask, they are most curious about whether he and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev acted alone and if there are any other unexploded bombs.

The surviving Tsarnaev is currently being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Federal charges against Tsarnaev were formally filed Monday—counts that could result in the death penalty if convicted, according to CNN.com. He has been charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

The Tsarnaev brothers are accused of setting off two bombs at last week’s Boston Marathon which killed three and wounded about 170. They allegedly also killed an MIT officer and badly wounded a Boston transit cop. Tamerlan died from his wounds after a shootout with police, while Dzhokar wasn’t captured until hours later when a thermal-imaging camera from a helicopter spotted him hiding in a covered boat.

According to CNN.com, a probable cause hearing has been scheduled for May 30 in U.S. District Court.