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Court documents detail timeline in Marathon bombing

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Court documents released Monday detail the moments leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings and the terrifying week after.

On Monday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who remains hospitalized, was formally charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death in connection with the deadly bombings.

The criminal complaint details, to the minute, the moments leading up to the bombing and the week after.

According to the document, at about 2:38 p.m. Monday, Tsarnaev and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev could be seen wearing large knapsacks turning down Boylston Street toward the Marathon finish line.

Three minutes later, the two can be seen standing together about a half block from the Forum restaurant, before Tamerlan Tsarnaev, identified as Bomber One, can be seen walking past the Forum restaurant toward the first bombing site.

At 2:45 p.m., Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, identified as Bomber Two, walks toward the Marathon finish line, stops in front of the Forum restaurant and drops his knapsack. He stands in the same place for about four minutes while manipulating his cell phone.

Thirty seconds later, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, puts the phone to his ear and keeps it there for 18 seconds, through the first explosion. He then walks west, leaving his backpack where he was standing. The second explosion takes place about 10 seconds later.

The FBI agent who filed the complaint said Bomber Two appeared calm through the first blast and that he saw nothing that could have caused the second other than Bomber Two's backpack.

Three people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the two blasts.

Later in the week, at about 5 p.m. Thursday, the FBI published photos of Bombers One and Two. At about midnight Friday, court documents state that a man was carjacked at gunpoint in Cambridge.

The victim told agents that he was approached by a man as he sat in his car. The man was able to get into his car and asked, "Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that." before pulling a magazine out of his gun and showing the victim a bullet.

"I am serious," the man told the victim.

The man with the gun had the victim drive to another location where they picked up another man. The victim told officers that they were speaking another language to each other.

As they were driving, the victim told officers that the men took $45 and an ATM card from him.

The victim was able to escape when the men stopped at a convenience store in Cambridge.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle a short time later in Watertown. Officers said the men in the vehicle threw at least two small improvised explosive devices out of the car and began firing guns at officers.

Bomber One was injured in the gun fight and remained at the scene. Bomber Two managed to get away in the car.

Officers said they recovered two unexploded IED's and a number of bombs that had gone off on Laurel Street following the battle.

A short time later, officers found the vehicle with another low-grade explosive device in it.

Agents said one of the IED's recovered in Watertown as well as those recovered at the scene of the Marathon bombings shared a number of similarities, including being made of pressure cookers containing BBs.

Bomber One was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The FBI confirmed his identity as Tamerlan Tsarnaev through fingerprints.

On April 19, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was located in a boat at a home on Franklin Street in Watertown. After a standoff, Tsarnaev was taken into custody. He had gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hand. He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he remains.

Agents said they found a UMass Dartmouth ID card, credit cards and other forms of identification in his pockets. During a search of Tsarnaev's dorm room, agents said they found a large pyrotechnic, a black jacket and a white hat that were similar to those seen on Bomber Two at the Marathon.

The White House, Monday, said Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant in connection with the bombings.

The charges represented a decision by the Obama administration to prosecute him in the federal court system instead of trying him as an enemy combatant in front of a military tribunal. Under the military system, defendants are not afforded some of the usual U.S. constitutional protections.

Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and under U.S. law, American citizens cannot be tried by military tribunals, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Carney said that since the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.

Tsarnaev is also likely to face state charges in connection with the shooting death of an MIT police officer.

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