The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes silent right after his Miranda rights are read.
So the question now is, can all the statements he made to investigators be used in the case against him?
Including allegedly saying after the bombing in Boston he and his brother were headed to New York with the explosives they had left to do damage here in Times Square.
Attorney David Schwartz said, “These statements will be suppressed but it does not matter, the government does not need them to prove its case. There is overwhelming evidence, DNA, surveillance video, eye witnesses.”
But, why the wait?
Once the 19-year old suspect was in custody, the FBI said the threat was over. That was Friday.
Over the weekend Dzhokhar was interrogated, he had a hearing, then another. On Monday his rights were read.
“I believe Miranda does apply here but the government does not care,” Schwartz said.
The 19-year old suspect also apparently points the finger at his brother — saying it was his brother’s idea to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at the marathon and that his brother recruited him.
With his brother dead, investigators will never be able to hear another side.
Still regardless of what is being told to investigators, this suspect faces the death penalty under federal law.
The only way around the death penalty depends on whether or not this suspect can help investigators with leads to other terrorism plots.
Schwartz said “he can help himself if he gives investigators solid information that can help them.”