Father of slain Tsarnaev friend meets with top Orlando prosecutor

Hassan Shibly, left, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Abdulbaki Todashev, center, the father of a Chechen man fatally shot by an FBI agent and translator Viktoryia Johnson leave a meeting with State Attorney Jeff Ashton at the Orange County Courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Todashev's son, Ibragim Todashev, was shot by an FBI agent during questioning in his suspected connection to the Boston Marathon Bombing. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Hassan Shibly, left, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of a Chechen man fatally shot by an FBI agent and translator Viktoryia Johnson left the meeting with State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton at the Orange County courthouse today in Orlando.Credit: John Raoux/AP

A Florida state attorney met today with the father of Ibragim Todashev, the young Chechen man who was killed in that state in May while he was being interviewed by authorities in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

The office of Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said Ashton had met with Abdulbaki Todashev, his attorneys and his advisors, about Ashton’s review of the circumstances that resulted in the death of Todashev’s son, Ibragim. The younger Todashev was a friend of Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died during a confrontation with police several days after the terror bombing.

While expressing his personal condolences on the loss of Todashev’s son, Ashton “explained at this meeting that there is no specific timeline or deadline for his review to be completed but that he personally would make whatever decision he felt was appropriate and just under the circumstances,” the office said in a statement.

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“The State Attorney indicated that the process was on-going, that he was working in conjunction with federal authorities and that he has not and will not prejudge the ultimate outcome of the review, “ the statement said.

Ashton also invited Todashev and his attorneys to turn over any information they might have so it could be considered by both state and federal investigators.

A state attorney in Florida is the equivalent of a district attorney in Massachusetts. Ashton is the top prosecutor in Orlando.

Todashev was shot by the FBI on May 22 at his Orlando apartment. The FBI has drawn criticism for releasing few details about the death and barring the Florida medical examiner from releasing autopsy results.

The FBI, with the Department of Justice, is leading a federal probe into the shooting. Ashton won praise from civil liberties groups earlier this month when he said he would launch an independent review.

The FBI has said Todashev, 27, was shot during interrogation by the FBI and the Massachusetts State Police related to the Marathon bombing investigation. The bureau has said Todashev began a violent confrontation and that an agent was injured.

News reports have differed over whether Todashev was armed. Some have said Todashev was about to write a confession implicating himself and Tsarnaev in a triple homicide in Waltham in 2011.

Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, had two arrests in violent cases, including a road-rage case in Boston and a parking lot altercation in Florida. But Todashev’s father has said his son was unarmed and recovering from a recent knee surgery.

Todashev came to the United States in 2008 from Russia to study English; he won asylum that same year. He lived for a time in Allston and Cambridge, before moving to Florida. Tsarnaev was also an ethnic Chechen.

The April 15 Marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of carrying out the bombings and later killing an MIT police officer.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after being shot by police and run over by his own brother in a confrontation days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped briefly but was captured hours later and is facing federal charges that could bring him the death penalty.

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