Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev picked up an arsenal of explosives and weapons from the family’s Cambridge apartment to arm themselves for their “murderous spree” after the FBI published photos of them on April 18, 2013, federal prosecutors allege.
Within hours, MIT police Officer Sean Collier was shot to death in Cambridge, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally injured in a confrontation with police in Watertown in which the brothers used a handgun and hurled homemade bombs at officers, federal prosecutors said.
The details about the alleged role the family’s Norfolk Street apartment played in the terrorist attack on the Marathon were disclosed by US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office in court filings made public late Monday. In the documents, prosecutors defended the search of that apartment and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The two brothers are accused of committing the April 15, 2013, bombings in Boston that killed three people and injured more than 260. They are also accused of killing Collier on the night of April 18, 2013.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed early April 19, 2013, in the Watertown confrontation, shot by police and run over by his own brother as he fled in a car. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that same day and is awaiting trial on charges that could bring him the death penalty.
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