Wife Learned Tamerlan Was Suspect via TV: Lawyer

Feds want to talk to Katherine Russell
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Wife Learned Tamerlan Was Suspect via TV: Lawyer
In this Sunday, April 21, 2013 photo, Katherine Russell, center, exits a car at the home of her parents in Rhode Island.   (AP Photo/Katie Zezima)

The FBI wants to know what suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife knew about the Boston bomb plot, a police insider tells the New York Post. Federal officials have visited Katherine Russell's parents multiple times but have yet to interview her, says family lawyer Amato DeLuca. He maintains that "Katherine is innocent, and she has no knowledge of any of this." DeLuca says Russell first learned of her husband's alleged involvement in the bombing through television, the AP reports. But the FBI is showing her photo to marathon witnesses in an effort to determine if she was at the scene, the Post source says.

"When this allegedly was going on, she was working, and had been working all week to support her family," says DeLuca. He explained she's a home health-care aide who puts in 70-plus-hour weeks; Tamerlan watched their young daughter while she did so, and "he was home" when his wife left for work on the day he was last seen alive. Russell was "an all-American girl who was brainwashed" by Tamerlan, a childhood friend tells the Daily Mail. She met him at a nightclub while attending Boston's Suffolk University; they married in 2009 or 2010, DeLuca tells the AP. (More Katherine Russell stories.)

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