Tsarnaev Wants Access To Records In Triple Slaying

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

BOSTON (AP) -- The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who faces a potential death penalty, is fighting to get access to investigative records that implicate his dead brother in a triple slaying in 2011.

In a filing this week in federal court, prosecutors say they have alerted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) that a friend alleges that Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, participated in the killings.

The friend, Ibragim Todashev (IH'-bruh-heem TOH'-duh-shehv), was shot to death later in Florida while being questioned by authorities.

The younger Tsarnaev's lawyers have argued that evidence about his brother's involvement in the triple killings provides "mitigating information" that is critical to his defense.

But prosecutors argue it is an ongoing investigation that could be harmed by such a disclosure.

The Middlesex district attorney's office would not comment on the filing.


Associated Press Release

BOSTON (AP) -- A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was indicted Thursday on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in twin explosions near the finish line of the marathon.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed following a shootout with police on April 19.

Authorities say the brothers used shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs in the bombing. They are also accused of killing an MIT police officer.

The U.S. attorney's office says 17 of the charges against 19-year-old Tsarnaev could bring life in prison or the death penalty.


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