Hard to believe it’s already been 6 years since the bombing… and now we’re finding out about three related violent murders from even BEFORE that day.
Court documents relating to the 2011 triple homicide have now been made public. (They are, however, described as ‘heavily redacted’.)
The documents were filed Wednesday in connection with a pending appeal by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan’s younger brother and Boston bombing co-conspirator, of his conviction and death sentence. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin December 12.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend, Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed during the 2013 interview with law enforcement, described the killings, which occurred about two years before the bombings, in the new court documents.
While being questioned on May 21, 2013 — about a month after the Boston Marathon attack — Todashev said he and Tsarnaev bound, beat and slit the throats of three young men in the Massachusetts city of Waltham, according to a heavily redacted FBI affidavit filed Wednesday.
“He said that he and Tamerlan had agreed initially just to rob the victims,” the FBI special agent, whose name is blacked out, says in the affidavit.
The point of releasing this information was to Characterize the younger brother as being ‘under the sway’ of his violent older brother.
They went in to rob some known drug dealers, brandishing a gun in the process.
“The murders were particularly grisly: the victims were bound, beaten, and had their throats cut. In addition, the victims were covered with marijuana,” the 2013 search warrant affidavit written by an anonymous “special agent” states per the Boston Globe.
The agent adds: “Todashev and Tamerlan bound the victims, who were ultimately murdered. [Ibragim] Todashev went on to say that after the murders, Tamerlan and Todashev tried to clean the crime scene in order to remove traces of their fingerprints and other identifying details.”
Todashev was shot dead while attempting to attack the FBI agent during the interview.