Jury selection set for friend of marathon suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 2:06 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors and lawyers representing a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are getting ready to pick a jury for his federal trial on obstruction of justice charges.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after last year's attack. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday.

Prosecutors say Tazhayakov and another friend took Tsarnaev's backpack containing fireworks after seeing Tsarnaev's photograph on the news and realizing he was a suspect. The backpack and fireworks were later recovered in a landfill.

Tazhayakov's lawyers say he did not try to impede the investigation.

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