Eyewitnesses, crime-scene evidence and helicopter footage of Syed Rizwan Farook’s Tashfeen Malik’s demise aren’t enough to convince the family’s attorneys of their guilt.
Attorneys representing the Farook family, David S. Chesley and Muhammad Abuershaid, hinted at a possible conspiracy surrounding the husband and wife team of terrorists who killed 14 and wounded 21 in San Bernardino, California, Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of things that, quite frankly, don’t add up or seem implausible,” Chesley said during a CNN interview with Chris Cuomo on Friday, Mediaite reported. “She was never involved in shooting. She’s probably about 90 pounds, so it’s unlikely she could even carry a weapon or wear some type of a vest or do any of this. … It just doesn’t make sense for these two to be able to act like some kind of Bonnie and Clyde or something. It’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t add up. It doesn’t add up, the military skills to carry out something like this, really. I’m just telling you straight out – it doesn’t make sense.”
David Bowdich, from the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said on Friday the agency designated its investigation into couple as terrorism-related. The couple, who attacked the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, used body armor, AR-15s, pistols, and improvised explosive devices during Wednesday’s rampage.
Thousands of rounds of ammunition and pipe bombs were found in the couple’s home, and three officials close to the investigation told CNN Malik had used a registered Facebook account to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group. The two were killed less than three miles from the crime scene during a shootout with police.
“There were a lot of questions drawn with Sandy Hook and whether or not that was a real incident or not,” Chelsey said, referencing the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Lanza killed his mother at their home before heading to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and executing six adults and 20 children inside. He then committed suicide.
Cuomo asked associate attorney Mohammad Abuershaid if he felt the same way.
“There was nothing to show that [Malik] was extreme at all, and [Farook] was a normal guy, in every sense of the word,” Abuershaid said.
Both attorneys said the families of Farook and Malik have “come to terms” with the evidence shown to them “through the media.”
Abuershaid concluded the interview by saying he needed to receive more information before reaching a definitive conclusion regarding the terrorists’ guilt.
“I don’t know what can come in, but there’s more information we haven’t received yet,” Abuershaid said.