Katherine Russell was married to one of the Boston Bombings suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a manhunt three days after the attacks.
The widow has drawn the scrutiny of federal investigators, who were constantly questioning her about contacts with her husband – including a telephone conversation between the two just hours after photographs of the Tsarnaev brothers were circulated as suspects by the FBI on April 18.
Russsell has even hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities, reports USA Today.
In a written statement Wednesday, Russell’s attorney, Amato DeLuca, said his client plans to “continue to meet with investigators, part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions.”
“Mr. Dratel’s unique, specialized experience will help insure that Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible,” DeLuca said in a written statement.
DeLuca also revealed to reporters that he intended to add one more lawyer to Russell’s defense team, criminal defense attorney Joshua Dratel, to assist in the inquiry.
Katherine converted to Islam in 2009, after meeting Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a nightclub, and married him in 2010. She later said to reporters that his alleged involvement in the attack came as an “absolute shock.”
Russell has been staying in her family’s home in North Kingstown, since her husband and his younger brother were identified as suspects in the case.
The elder brother was killed in a shoot-out with the police a few days after the attacks, while the younger one was captured alive, but wounded.
Soon he was questioned by investigators, who found out the the Tsarnaev brothers acted alone and were motivated by religion.
According to Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarneav, 26, organised the crime as he wanted to defend Islam from attack.
The preliminary evidence from Tsarnaev makes think that the brothers were motivated by religious extremism but were apparently not involved with Islamic terrorist organisations.
Tsarnaev (whom friends called “Jahar”) told authorities in writing that he and his brother discovered instructions for bomb-making on the Internet.
Authorities have released the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a Worcester, Mass., funeral home. Its director, Peter Stefan, is known in the area as the man who buries those who die poor, unwanted or alone, The Worcester Telegram reported Friday.
“He’s probably the only one in the state who would do this,” said William T. Breault, chairman of Worcester’s Main South Alliance for Public Safety.
Mr. Breault told the media that his sympathies would be for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings but said he couldn’t say a bad word about Mr. Stefan.
“It’ll raise a lot of eyebrows but they’ve probably found the right guy to do this,” Mr. Breault said.
Meanwhile, the Tsarnaev family, who moved to Russia, are trying to arrange an independent autopsy of their son.