Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, is also a suspect in a 2011 triple homicide.

The defense lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking information that could show that he was influenced by his brother, Tamerlan Tsarneav.  Tamerlan Tsarneav is a suspect in the triple homicide.  The defense contends that he was the mastermind behind the 2013 marathon bombing and that he exerted control and influence over his younger brother.  Prosecutors said in court documents that they have no new evidence that Tamerlan Tsarneav was involved in the triple cold case and have no witnesses who can testify that Dzhokhar Tsarneav knew about the murders.  Prosecutors said that they have already disclosed a third party witness who told investigators that there was someone who might say that Dzhokhar Tsarneav knew his brother was involved in the Waltham murders.

“Whether that person would actually say it, let alone testify to it, is another matter entirely,” prosecutors said, “The government has no evidence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev actually participated in the Waltham murders…”

The government reiterated their position that the facts of the 2011 case and what Dzhokhar Tsarneav knew or did not know about the murders are irrelevant to his state of mind when the bombings occurred. Dzhokhar Tsarneav has pled not guilty to 30 charges and faces the death penalty. His trial is scheduled to begin in January.

Investigators suspect that Tamerlan Tsarneav was involved in the triple homicide which took place on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Prosecutors allege that the Tsarneav brothers planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon which exploded killing 3 people and injuring 260.  Later, the brothers allegedly killed an MIT officer and stole his vehicle.  Tamerlan Tsarneav was killed in a police shootout, which injured Dzhokhar Tsarneav.  He was captured three days after the bombings.

In court papers a year ago, federal prosecutors said that Ibragim Todashev told federal investigators that Tamerlan Tsarneav was involved in the unsolved triple murder.  Todashev was shot and killed by authorities in his home while being questioned in Florida.  Prosecutors said a judge has already ruled they didn’t have to give the defense a written or recorded account of Todashev’s statement.  Todashev’s death is controversial.  In the wake of his death, federal authorities gave conflicting statements about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Brendan Mess, 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37, had their throats slit from ear to ear.  Thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and money were left covering their bodies.  Police said this suggested that robbery was not the motive.  There was no forced entry.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is believed to have been the best friend of Brendan Mess, a fellow mixed martial arts fighter, and reportedly there was animosity between the two leading up to his death.  In 2013, ABC reported that authorities said that forensic evidence linked Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the murder scene, but no further information was given.

Their bodies were discovered on September 12th.  All three victims were Jewish.  The three men were dragged into three different rooms and killed.

Investigators said that the triple homicide is still an “active and ongoing” case.


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