The testimony from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s former roommate, Andrew Dwinells, came during the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, who is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev’s room after the bombings.
Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.
Some defense attorneys and others are criticizing the extent to which federal prosecutors have charged friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who are not accused of participating in the attack or knowing about it in advance.
Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly bombings.
A jury has been selected for the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov.
Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked for the jury records for Massachusetts federal courts over the past three years to determine whether a plan adopted in 2009 has corrected racial imbalances on juries.
Lawyers for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect have asked a judge to allow potential jurors to be questioned on their attitudes about Muslims and whether they know anyone who was injured in the deadly attack.
Federal prosecutors say neither Khairullozhon Matanov nor Azamat Tazhayakov had anything to do with the Boston Marathon bombings but are charged with interfering with the FBI’s investigation.
A judge has rejected a bail request from a friend of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect while he awaits trial on charges of impeding the investigation.
The defendant, Azamat Tazhayakov, and another man are accused of removing items from the dorm room of their friend, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, days after the deadly bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Khairullozhon Matanov is due in federal court Monday for a detention hearing. Matanov is accused of deleting computer files and lying to investigators after the deadly attack.
The attorneys say in a motion filed Wednesday their preliminary survey of the attitudes of potential jurors in Boston, Springfield, New York City and Washington found Washington would be the most favorable location for a trial.
U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole said it was “highly inappropriate” for prosecutors to draw a distinction between a “naturalized” and “natural-born” U.S. citizen.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers said they intend to file a change of venue motion, but they asked for more time to analyze media coverage of the case before filing the request.
A self-described friend of the Tsarnaev brothers is being held without bail on charges of destroying evidence and lying to federal agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.
A recently indicted friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been ordered held without bail, because his lawyer can’t find him a place to live if he were released.