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Driving charges against Tsarnaev’s widow dismissed

Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, had been charged with driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered motor vehicle in August.WCVB-TV/Associated Press

The widow of one of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects appeared in court Thursday morning where several driving charges against her were dismissed.

Katherine Russell, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, appeared in Wrentham District Court to face charges of driving with a suspended license, speeding, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle in Franklin in August, according to the clerk’s office.

Russell paid $150 in court fines, and the charges were dismissed, a clerk said.

Despite being questioned several times by federal investigators, Russell has not been charged
with any wrongdoing in relation to the Marathon bombings.

She had lived with Tsarnaev and their 3-year-old daughter in a Cambridge apartment, but she
has since moved to live with her parents in Rhode Island.


According to a police report, Russell was pulled over on Aug. 21 when a Franklin police officer witnessed the car she was driving going 46 miles per
hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone.

Russell produced her driver’s license, which had been suspended due to previous violations, and could not produce the vehicle’s registration.

Police later determined that the silver Honda Accord she was driving belonged to her father but did not have a current registration.

The car was towed.

Russell’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died when he was shot and run over by his brother in a confrontation with police in Watertown on April 19 as the two brothers tried to flee the area several days after the bombings.

His brother, Dzhokhar, 20, is facing federal charges that could bring him the death penalty.

The bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 on April 15, 2013.

The two brothers also allegedly murdered an MIT police officer on the night they tried to flee.

Wesley Lowery can be reached at Wesley.Lowery@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.