A Florida state attorney met Tuesday with the father of Ibragim Todashev, the young Chechen man who was killed in that state in May while he was being interviewed by authorities in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
The office of Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said Ashton had met with Abdulbaki Todashev, his lawyers and advisers about Ashton’s review of the circumstances that resulted in the death of Todashev’s son, Ibragim. The younger Todashev was a friend of Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died during a confrontation with police several days after the bombing.
While expressing his personal condolences on the loss of Todashev’s son, Ashton “explained at this meeting that there is no specific timeline or deadline for his review to be completed, but that he personally would make whatever decision he felt was appropriate and just under the circumstances,” the office said.
“The state attorney indicated that the process was on-going, that he was working in conjunction with federal authorities, and that he has not and will not prejudge the ultimate outcome of the review,” the statement said.
Ashton also invited Todashev and his lawyers to turn over any information they might have, so it could be considered by both state and federal investigators.
A state attorney in Florida is the equivalent of a district attorney in Massachusetts. Ashton is the top prosecutor in Orlando.
Todashev was pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting, according to his spokesman, Hassan Shibly, Tampa executive director of CAIR-Florida, a civil rights and legal organization.
“[Abdulbaki Todashev] expressed his complete confidence in the state attorney to conduct a full investigation into the death of his son,” Shibly said. “But at the same time, we will continue our own independent investigation to determine if his civil rights were violated on the day of the shooting, as well as the days and weeks leading up to his death.”
Todashev is looking forward to a scheduled Wednesday meeting with the US attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Shibly said.
Todashev was shot by an FBI agent May 22 at his Orlando apartment. The FBI has drawn criticism for releasing few details about the death and for barring the Florida medical examiner from releasing autopsy results.
The FBI, with the Department of Justice, is leading a federal probe into the shooting. Ashton won praise from civil liberties groups earlier this month when he said he would launch an independent review.
The FBI has said that Todashev, 27, was shot during interrogation by the FBI and Massachusetts State Police related to the Marathon bombing investigation. The bureau has said that Todashev began a violent confrontation and that an agent was injured.
News reports have differed over whether Todashev was armed. Some have said Todashev was about to write a confession implicating him and Tsarnaev in a triple homicide in Waltham in 2011.
Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, had two arrests in violent cases, including a road-rage case in Boston and a parking lot altercation in Florida. Todashev’s father has said his son was unarmed when he was shot and was recovering from a recent knee surgery.
Todashev came to the United States in 2008 from Russia to study English; he won asylum that same year. He lived for a time in Allston and Cambridge, before moving to Florida. Tsarnaev was also an ethnic Chechen.
The April 15 Marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of carrying out the bombings and of later killing an MIT police officer.