A triple homicide in 2011 is indeed tied to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to new court documents. The information came from Tsarnaev's former friend Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI investigation in May. Boston.com shared the latest details on the connection on Oct. 23.
Soon after the Boston Marathon bombing, investigators began to look at the triple homicide and a possible connection to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was known that the Boston bombing suspect had known the Waltham homicide victims, and the pieces started to come together pointing to his involvement.
Now it has come to light that court documents confirm that Todashev told authorities Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham triple homicide. The information is being hashed out publicly now because Tamerlan's brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is facing federal charges for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombings. As his lawyers prepare his defense, they are seeking the documentation regarding the Waltham case.
The Middlesex District Attorney's office handling the Waltham triple homicide investigation say that they do not want the documents released because it will hinder their investigation. They say that those details are not relevant to Dzhokhar's case. The three Waltham victims were killed Sept. 11, 2011 when their throats were slit.
Though Tamerlan Tsarnaev's involvement in the 2011 triple homicide had seemed likely as the puzzle pieces came together over the past few months, this is the first time it has been officially confirmed.