The elder Tsarnaev brother was killed in a police shootout just days after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April of this year. Tamerlan was the older brother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was also allegedly behind the bombings, but survived. The LA Times reported Wednesday that court documents from his brother’s ongoing trial have named Tamerlan as the triple homicide suspect.
On September 11, 2011, of all days, three men — Brendan Mess, 25; Erik Weissman, 31; and Raphael Teken, 37 — were found in a Waltham apartment in Middlesex County with their throats gashed open in what is thought to have been a drug robbery. Mess was said to be an acquaintance of the Tsarnaev brothers.
“In court papers Monday, federal prosecutors acknowledged publicly for the first time that a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev told investigators that Tamerlan participated in the unsolved killings of three men who were found in a Waltham apartment with their throats slit, marijuana sprinkled over their bodies,” reports Fox News.
A motion filed by federal prosecutors earlier this week says a friend of Tamerlan, Ibragim Todashev, implicated him in the 2011 murders. Todashev was being interviewed by police and the FBI in his Orlando, Fla. apartment in May when he suddenly attempted to assault the officers and was shot dead.
“According to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the triple homicide,” read the report made by the FBI after the interview with Todashev.
The surviving Tsarnaev brother pleaded not guilty in July to all charges related to the April 15 marathon bombings that killed three and injured hundreds. Prosecutors are expected to argue for the death penalty.