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Officials: Boston Bombing Suspect Acknowledged Role

Two U.S. officials say the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings acknowledged his role in the attacks to FBI investigators. But the officials say this occurred before authorities advised him of his constitutional rights, including the right to consult with an attorney and not to incriminate himself.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (FBI)

It was not clear whether the admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be admissible in a criminal trial, since it came before he was read his Miranda rights. It’s also unclear whether prosecutors would need the admission to secure a conviction since physical evidence has already been uncovered in the investigation.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing case.

Tsarnaev’s two lead defense lawyers did not immediately return phone and email messages.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

TSARNAEV UNARMED WHEN ARRESTED IN BOAT

Two U.S. officials say the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard.

Authorities originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, say investigators recovered a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used by Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, from the site of a gun battle Thursday night, which injured a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer. Dzhokhar was believed to have been shot before he escaped.

The officials tell The Associated Press that no gun was found in the boat. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said earlier that shots were fired from inside the boat.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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