Boston bomber Tsarnaev linked to triple murder
Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have helped kill three men whose throats were slit in Massachusetts apartment
SLAIN Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev "participated" in a separate crime, the gruesome murder of three men in a Massachusetts apartment, it has been claimed.
The elder Tsarnaev brother, who died during a shootout with police in the aftermath of the 15 April bomb attack, was allegedly involved in a triple homicide that took place on 11 September, 2011. Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31 and Raphael Teken, 37, were found with their throats slit and their bodies covered in marijuana in an apartment in the city of Waltham. Mess was believed to be a good friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the New York Times says.
According to court papers seen by AP, Tsarnaev was linked to the killings by Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen martial arts fighter who was shot dead by an FBI agent in May while being questioned about his friendship with the Boston bomb suspect. The FBI says the 27-year-old became violent prior to the shooting.
"According to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham triple homicide," the papers say.
The court documents were filed by federal prosecutors who are trying to block efforts by lawyers acting for Tamerlan's younger brother, Dzhokhar, to make the government "turn over every document they have concerning the Waltham triple murders", says Fox News. Although the Waltham murders appear to have little to do with the charges Dzhokhar is facing, court records make it clear that his defence team want the information to "help fight against a possible recommendation to seek the death penalty".
"Any benefit to [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev of knowing more about the precise 'nature and extent' of his brother's involvement does not outweigh the potential harm of exposing details of an ongoing investigation into an extremely serious crime, especially at this stage of the proceeding," prosecutors wrote. They argue that Dzhokhar is not entitled to the information because his brother's criminal history will be relevant, if at all, only at a possible future sentencing hearing.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction and 16 other charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. ·