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Woman's DNA Found On One Of The Bombs From Boston Marathon Bombing, Feds Tell Wall St. Journal

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Female DNA has been found on at least one of the Boston Marathon bombs, but investigators have not determined whose it is or whether it indicates a woman helped the two brothers blamed for the deadly April 15 blasts, officials told The Wall Street Journal.

The anonymous officials said there could be multiple explanations, including a store clerk who handled materials that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, used to make the bombs, or perhaps a stray hair or other material that unwittingly ended up on the explosive devices.

The anonymous officials said there could be multiple explanations, including a store clerk who handled materials that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, used to make the bombs, or perhaps a stray hair or other material that unwittingly ended up on the explosive devices.

Monday, FBI agents went to a Rhode Island home to collect a DNA sample from Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police April 19, one official told the Journal. She has been staying with her parents since the bombings.

The sample will be compared with the genetic material recovered.

Agents left her parents' home, in North Kingstown, with several bags. Russell left with her attorneys through a separate door, the Associated Press reported.

One lawyer has said she is "doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."

Her attorneys said previously that Russell and her family were shocked when the Tsarnaev brothers emerged as suspects.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and is being held in a U.S. prison medical facility at Fort Devens, about 40 miles west of Boston. He was wounded either during the gun battle that killed his brother or during the manhunt before his capture the night of April 19.

Monday, a federal judge approved the addition of a prominent death-penalty lawyer, Judy Clarke, of San Diego, to Tsarnaev's legal team. A request for a second capital-punishment expert was denied.

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