Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Knew Brother Murdered 3 People, Witness Claims

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In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 19, 2013, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19-years-old, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is seen.  (Photo provided by FBI via Getty Images)
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A prosecution witness is prepared to testify that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew about his brother’s involvement in a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts, according to a court filing in which the defense requested evidence from the opposing side. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend, Ibragim Todashev, allegedly confessed to helping the elder brother commit the unsolved murders just before he was killed by an FBI agent. Previously, the government has argued that the Waltham murders are not relevant to the bombing case, but Dzhokhar’s lawyers countered, “Such evidence would tend to corroborate Tamerlan’s dominant role in the charged offenses and would place the brothers’ respective personal characteristics and relative culpability into stark relief.”