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Michiana runners relieved to see Boston Bombing Suspect charged

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There is somewhat of a controversy over the decision not to treat the Boston Marathon Bombing suspect as an enemy combatant, but there is also a sense of relief that the search for the bombers ended so quickly.

An overwhelming sense of relief for runners at the Saint Joseph, MI walk and run held in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Especially since they know the two suspects are no longer a threat.

"I was surprised at how quickly it happened because it seemed like they had no idea who it was a few days in," said Jennifer Stauffer, the walk-run organizer. "Then it just happened so quickly that they caught him."

Michael O'Houn just returned to Michiana after running the Boston Marathon and was already ready to run again at the remembrance run.

O'Houn was fortunate to finish the Marathon before the bombs went off, but he says knowing the FEDS have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gives him some peace.

"It's a big relief, but it sort of brought back bad memories," said O'Houn.

Now that Tsarnaev has been formally charged, some Michiana runners say they are looking forward to the trial.

"I'd like to see healing and I don't know how that's going to look. I'd just like to see healing," said Michiana runner Patty Nordberg.

Jimmy Gurule, a professor of law at Notre Dame, says just because only a few charges were filed Monday though does not mean more charges will not be filed. Gurule, who teaches a course on Terrorism Law and has written books on the subject, believes Tsarnaev could face tough punishment once the entire case is developed.

"I think the death penalty is certainly justified in this case based upon a number of factors including the number of victims," said Gurule.

While there is no certainty on what may come from a future trial, many runners say they just hope justice will be served.

"[I hope justice is found] because of the nature of his crime," said O'Houn. "It was premeditated crime where he killed three people and then they killed the policeman at the MIT campus. It's just very horrific."

Gurule did tell me that the suspect's age could play a factor in whether or not the death penalty is actually used. However, he believes given the magnitude of the case there's a strong possibility it will be on the table.

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