Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered several injuries before his capture, including a fractured skull and multiple gunshot wounds, one of which exited through the left side of his face.
The details of Tsarnaev's injuries were contained in the newly released testimony of Dr. Stephen Ray Odom, a trauma surgeon who treated the accused bomber and spoke at a court hearing in April. Tsarnaev, 20, was captured on April 19, four days after he and his older brother Tamerlan allegedly set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others. Tsarnaev is also accused of killing a fourth person, Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier.
Another document released on Monday says federal agents spoke with Tsarnaev for several days before he was read his Miranda rights. The agents were able to do so under a "public safety exception," according to CNN.
He has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, but could receive up to life in prison or the death penalty if he is convicted. In his testimony on April 22, Odom described Tsarnaev's most severe injury, which occurred when a gunshot to his face entered through the inside of his mouth and exited through the lower left side of his face. Tsarnaev also suffered multiple other gunshot wounds to his extremities.
"This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, the lateral portion of his C1 vertebrae, with a significant soft-tissue injury, as well as injury to the pharynx, the mouth, and a small vascular injury that's been treated," Odom said, according to The Boston Globe.
Last month, Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy released dramatic photos of Tsarnaev emerging from a boat in Watertown, Mass., moments before his capture.
Some of the photos show state troopers approaching the boat, while others show a blood-covered Tsarnaev crawling out with his arms in the air and a laser target fixed on the middle of his forehead.
During his arraignment on July 10, Tsarnaev still showed signs of his injuries. He is currently being held at a prison medical center in Fort Devens, Mass., where he was moved on April 26 after being released from the hospital.