Feds: Bombing suspect's friend tried to help him - WKRN News 2

Feds: Bombing suspect's friend tried to help him

Posted: Updated:

BOSTON (AP) - A prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was trying to protect Tsarnaev when he agreed with another friend to take altered fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly taking fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder, Tsarnaev's laptop and other items from his dorm room after last year's deadly bombing.

During closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutor John Capin told jurors that the 20-year-old Tazhayakov knew Tsarnaev was a suspect after he recognized his friend in photos and video released by the FBI. Capin said Tazhayakov agreed with a friend to take items and throw them away.

Tazhayakov's lawyers are to deliver their closing arguments later Wednesday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Jurors are set to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the obstruction of justice case against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of helping to remove items from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the 2013 attack.

Three people died and more than 260 others were injured when two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line.

Federal prosecutors don't allege Tazhayakov and two other friends being tried separately knew anything about the bombing beforehand. They allege Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev took Tsarnaev's laptop computer and a backpack containing altered fireworks from his room hours after the FBI released photos and video of him and his brother, identifying them as suspects in the bombing but not naming them.

Prosecutors say Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev with a third friend, Robel Phillipos, went to Tsarnaev's dorm room after he texted Kadyrbayev that they could "take what's there."

Tazhayakov's lawyers said Kadyrbayev removed the items and threw away the backpack and fireworks, later recovered from a landfill.

Kadyrbayev has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, and Phillipos has pleaded not guilty to lying to investigators. They will be tried separately.

Tsarnaev is awaiting trial and faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. He also has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Tsarnaev and his brother carried out the bombings and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later. The brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with police the night the officer was killed. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured hiding in a boat in someone's yard hours later.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:36:26 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...More >>
  • Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

    Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:26:29 GMT
    Argentina's economy minister led a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default.More >>
    Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as...More >>
  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:37:50 GMT
    Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow.More >>
    U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.