It appears that the accused Ultra Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew of the involvement of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his elder brother and Boston Marathon bombing co-conspirator, in the killing of three Massachusetts men in 2011.
“Information and evidence tending to show that Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a triple homicide in 2011.” a recent court motion read.
Tsarnaev’s defense team filed a motion on Friday in the US District Court which read as: “The government disclosed that an identified witness would be prepared to testify to Dzhokhar’s knowledge of his brother’s involvement in the gruesome slayings.”
Meanwhile defense lawyers filed a motion to get access to documents pertaining to the 2011 case. The evidence will be crucial in establishing the relative culpability of the two brothers. The defense team is making plans to argue that Tamerlan was the more dominating of the two perpetrators of the crime.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Suspect 2, his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, both from Cambridge, Massachusetts were identified on April 19, 2013 from a surveillance camera in the Boston Marathon race. Both are the prime suspects of planting the bombs that killed three and injured 170 during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Tamerlan was later killed by police on April 18, 2013 in a dramatic shootout. Dzhokhar is still at large near Boston. A friend of Tamerlan reportedly implicated him in the triple homicide only moments before his death.
“Information and evidence tending to show that Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a triple homicide in 2011, and information depicting the brutality of those murders, is critical to the defense team.” the motion read.
If proved, the evidence will finally form the basis of the closure of the triple Homicide case which was put in cold storage after investigations led to a blind end. Three men, Brandon Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37 were found dead, with their necks slit and marijuana sprinkled over their bodies in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 12 2011.
Investigators had assumed at that time that the killings were drug related.