Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the case against Azamat Tazhayakov, the first of the four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial.
Tazhayakov is charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly agreeing with another college friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack from his dorm room after learning he was a suspect in the bombing.
Some defense attorneys and others are criticizing the extent to which federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends.
Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at UMass-Dartmouth several days after last year’s attack.
The first of four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial on charges he impeded the investigation into the deadly attack.
The lawyer for Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, said he rejected a plea deal offered to his client, who he said “knows he’s not guilty.”
Lawyers say the girlfriend of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to testify against another friend during his trial on obstruction of justice charges.
Federal investigators and a defense lawyer gave contrasting accounts Wednesday of the circumstances surrounding the confessions by two friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Three college friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately, but those trials do not need to be moved out of Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
A federal judge has ruled friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can change into civilian clothes before jury selection and other hearings for their trial on obstruction of justice.
Friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have claimed a small victory.