Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apparently allowed to call his family in Russia for the first time since his capture on April 19 after the Boston Marathon bombings and told his mom that he is innocent, UPI reported May 31.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still recovering from wounds following a shoot-out with police in the wake of the bombings, was allowed to phone home last week, and he called his mother in Russia, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his mother said, proclaimed his innocence in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings and said he had no idea how he was injured.
CBS Boston said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his mother that he is able to walk around now without the use of a wheelchair but is still recovering.
Tsarnaev was being held in a small prison cell with a steel door, an observation window and a slot for passing through food and medication.
The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother, was finally claimed on May 2 by family members and removed from the medical examiner’s office. Tsarnaev’s body had been at a medical examiner’s office since his death on April 19.
Neither Zubeidat Tsarnaeva nor her husband will return to the U.S. to claim Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body or to attend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial.