Attorney for Bombing Suspect's Wife: 'I Don't Know When' She Will Talk With FBI
Breitbart News spoke with Rhode Island attorney Amato DeLuca on Monday morning. He confirmed that he is representing Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased Boston bombing suspect. Amato told Breitbart News that his client has not yet spoken with the FBI, that they are discussing it, but he added “ I don’t know when that will happen.”
DeLuca also said that he never represented Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The July 28, 2009 incident for assault and battery of a girlfried for which Tsarnaev was arrested by the Cambridge, Massachusetts Police was with another woman, Amato said. This statement by Amato is confirmed by a report by Breitbart News on Saturday.
DeLuca also said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was never charged with assaulting Katherine Russell Tsarnaev. “I’m sure she would have told me if it were true,” he told Breitbart News. Earlier, CBS News reported that a former roommate of Katherine Russell before her marriage stated that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was arrested for assaulting her in 2009, but Breitbart News has found no record of such an arrest.
Earlier DeLuca told the Associated Press that his client last saw her husband on Thursday when she left for work. According to DeLuca, Russell worked as a home health care aide "70 to 80 hours, seven days a week." While she was at work, Tamerlan Tsarnaev stayed at home to look after their daughter, he said.
When she left for work on Thursday, "he was home," DeLuca said of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. DeLuca stated that the first time Katherine Russell Tsarnaev learned her husband was a suspect in the Boston bombing was when she saw his image on television, and that she had no indication that he had been planning any terrorist activity. "When this allegedly was going on, she was working, and had been working all week to support her family," he said.
DeLuca did not explain who cared for the couple's daughter on Thursday while Ms. Russell Tsarnaev was working and Mr. Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhakhar began their violent run from the law, carjacking a Mercedes, killing an MIT police officer, and engaging in a shoot out in Watertown, Massachusetts that left Ms. Russell Tsarnaev's husband dead, his body riddled with bullets.
His client told him that she saw the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, younger brother of her husband "not at all," because he was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Katherine Russell Tsarnev converted to Islam, DeLuca said, because "[s]he believes in the tenets of Islam and of the Koran. She believes in God."
On Sunday, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev was photographed as she returned briefly to the Norfolk St. residence in Cambridge she shared with her husband, and for a time her mother-in-law, to pick up her cat and several other items.