The former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says Tsarnaev's older brother and mother were influenced by an Armenian man who has converted to Islam.
Elmirza Khozhugov testified Wednesday from the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Khozhugov says the man named Misha often visited the Tsarnaev apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to talk to Tamerlan about Islam. He says one night Tamerlan's father wanted to take a shower, but the mother stopped him because he would have to walk through the kitchen, where Misha was talking with Tamerlan.
Khozhugov says the mother told him not to interrupt because Misha was teaching Tamleran "good things."
He says Tamerlan quit boxing, stopped acting classes and stopped playing and listening to music after Misha said those things were inappropriate in Islam.
The former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is testifying for the defense from a U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.
Elmirza Khozhugov is the former husband of Dzhokhar's sister Ailina Tsarnaeva. He testified live Wednesday from the embassy in Almaty.
Khozhugov says the oldest Tsarnaev sibling, Tamerlan, had a very close relationship with Dzhokhar. He says Tamerlan sometimes struggled to find the words to express how much he loved Dzhokhar and how he would do anything to make him successful.
In turn, Khozhugov says, Dzkokhar adored Tamerlan and went along with him on outings.
The defense has tried to portray Tamerlan as the mastermind of the 2013 bombings.
Tamerlan died days after the bombing. Jurors will soon to decide whether Dzhokhar will be sentenced to death.