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Obstruction Case Against Tsarnaev Friend May Soon Go To Jury

BOSTON — The first case related to the Boston Marathon bombings may soon go to the jury.

Prosecutors are close to completing their case in the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, and are expected to rest on Monday.

Lawyers for the friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are not saying whether they will call any witnesses. But the judge has told jurors they may begin deliberations Wednesday.

Matthew Myers, who represents Tazhayakov, says he’s optimistic about the outcome.

“I do feel good about it. I don’t think we had any hiccups along the way,” Myers said. “I don’t think there’s any surprise to us. We’ll finish strong and we look forward to the case getting to the jury.”

Judge Douglas Woodlock still has to decide whether statements Tazhayakov made to the FBI are admissible.

Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, are accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room hours after the FBI posted video and photos of him as a suspect.

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