U.S. attorneys said Monday that dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev took part in a triple homicide in Waltham, Mass. in 2011.
It was the first time law enforcement formally connected Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with law enforcement after the Boston Marathon bombing, of the earlier crime. Lawyers for Tsarnaev younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are trying to get federal prosecutors to give them information related to the murders, reported Fox News
"(A)ccording to (Tsarnaev's friend Ibragim) Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham triple homicide," prosecutors wrote in a motion filed on Monday to deny Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attorney of the 2011 crime records, reported WFXT-TV
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Prosecutors said in its motion, according to WFXT-TV, that turning over the documents would have little value for the younger Tsarnaev and the case in the Waltham murders remains an active investigation. The motion said discloser could hamper efforts by the Middlesex district attorney to bring charges.
"Any benefit to 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, according to the Associated Press.
WFXT-TV reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was friends with one of the victims killed on Sept. 11, 2011. Todashev, who had similar Chechen roots as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed by an FBI agent this past May in Todashev's Orlando apartment.
Fox News reported that the Waltham murders remained unsolved. Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37, were found with their throats slit and covered with marijuana, noted Fox.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's connection in the murders appeared soon after he was killed April 19, following a shootout with authorities in the Boston suburb of Watertown, reported Fox News. The Tsarnaev brothers are accused of detonating two bombs near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been in custody in connection with bombing since April, charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property, counts that could bring him the death penalty, according to the Washington Post
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