April 29, 2013

#BostonBombing: Female DNA Found On Bomb 'Component'..
Update: DNA Obtained From Dead Bombers Wife

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Mommy dearest? His wife's?

The plot thickens:

Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, though they haven't determined whose DNA it is or whether that means a woman helped the two suspects carry out the attacks, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.

The officials familiar with the case cautioned that there could be multiple explanations for why the DNA of someone other than the two bombing suspects—Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar—could have been found on remnants of the exploded devices. The genetic material could have come, for example, from a store clerk who handled materials used in the bombs or a stray hair that ended up in the bomb.

On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seen leaving the Rhode Island home of the parents of Katherine Russell[More]

h/t @MoxieMom

Update: Investigators Obtain DNA From Widow of Bombing Suspect

Federal authorities are closely scrutinizing the activities of the wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the days before and after the attacks.

The authorities are looking at a range of possibilities, two senior law enforcement officials said, including that she could have — wittingly or unwittingly — destroyed evidence, helped the bombers evade capture or even played a role in planning the attacks. As part of the investigation, F.B.I. agents are trying to determine whether female DNA found on a piece of a pressure cooker used as an explosive device in the attacks was from Katherine Russell, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the officials said.

Money quote
Mr. DeLuca[Russell's lawyer..ed] has said that Ms. Russell does not speak Russian, so she could not always understand what her husband was saying
Okay, yeah sure, that explains everything. Uh huh.

h/t @El_Grillo1

By Stable Hand at 04:44 PM | Comments |