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article imageBoston bomber says sister-in-law, who had jihad mag, innocent

By Marcus Hondro     May 9, 2013 in Crime
Media reports today say Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators his sister-in-law, Katherine Russell, did not know what he and his deceased brother Tamerlan were planning. He claims she was not a part of their Boston marathon attack.
There are reports, however, that Russell is under suspicion for being involved. One reason is she had on her laptop computer radical Islamist materials expounding the virtues of jihad, including the al Qaeda magazine 'Inspire.' Further, in the Cambridge, Mass. home her and her now-deceased husband shared there were traces of explosives found on a table and in the bathtub and a sink. Federal authorities have said they believe the explosives were assembled in that home.
Tamerlan Tsaranev, who died in a shoot-out with police on April 19, days after setting off explosives at the Boston marathon, killing 3 and wounding well over a hundred, had a child with Russell, a daughter, 2, and he was living with them at the time of the attacks.
Russell adds terror specialist lawyer
Russell's lawyers, Rhode Island attorneys Amato DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum, released a statement today that said in part their client "plans to continue to meet with investigators, part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions." DeLuca said that Russell, who converted to Islam in 2009, added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team; Dratel has defended Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.
Russell spoke to her husband on the phone in the hours after the FBI first posted his photo as a potential suspect, but if they know what they spoke about, investigators haven't said. She has not been charged with a crime.
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