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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands for arraignment with his attorney, Nicholas Wooldridge, left, before Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. Tazhayakov pleaded not guilty to hindering the investigation into the attack. (AP)
In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands for arraignment with his attorney, Nicholas Wooldridge, left, before Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. Tazhayakov pleaded not guilty to hindering the investigation into the attack. (AP)
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In federal court Monday, prosecutors made a provocative claim about 20-year-old Azamat Tazhayakov and his possible connection to alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Prosecutors told a jury that one month before the Marathon attacks, Tazhayakov met with Tsarnaev and heard him say that he "knew how to make a bomb," and that it would be good to "die as a martyr and go straight to heaven."

Tazhayakov and two other UMass Dartmouth students are charged with interfering with the bombing investigation.

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Patricia Wen, reporter for The Boston Globe. She tweets @globepatty.

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The Boston Globe: Friend Knew Tsarnaev Was Bombing Suspect, Prosecutor Says

  • "A close college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s plotted to dispose of evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the attacks, well aware that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a federal prosecutor said today."

WBUR: Prosecutor: Tsarnaev Said Martyrs Go To Heaven

  • "Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev texted a friend 90 minutes after the deadly explosions and said, “Don’t go thinking it’s me,” a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements at the friend’s obstruction trial."

This segment aired on July 7, 2014.

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