Azamat Tazhayakov was accused of helping to remove a number of incriminating items from the dorm room of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Mr. Tazhayakov could face up to 25 years in prison.
In closing arguments, prosecutors said Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect, helped hide incriminating evidence. Defense attorneys say he’s just a 'friend of a kid who committed a heinous act.'
The trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, charged with obstruction of justice in the Boston Marathon bombing case, is shedding new light on the mind-set of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the surviving alleged bomber.
Azamat Tazhayakov is now on trial for allegedly conspiring to dispose of a backpack belonging to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and for obstructing justice. His trial isn't the main act, but it has its own significance, analysts say.
The summer trial date is significantly earlier than the 2015 date that two of the defendants’ attorneys had wanted. Obstruction of justice is among the charges.
Three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of impeding the federal investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.