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Friends of Alleged Marathon Bomber Denied Request for Out-of-State Trials

Three of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends allegedly helped him get rid of a backpack, laptop, and fireworks after the bombings.

Friends of Alleged Marathon Bomber Denied Request for Out-of-State Trials
Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to go on trial later this year for allegedly getting rid of a backpack, laptop, and fireworks that belonged to Tsarnaev as authorities hunted for him.

Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Robel Phillipos appeared in federal court in Boston Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, according to the Boston Herald.

Attorneys for the men argued that the trials should be held out of state because of the publicity surrounding the events. A judge denied the request.

The attorneys are also trying to suppress statements that the trio made to police.

The following trial dates were set:
  • Tazhayakov, June 30
  • Kadyrbayev, Sept. 8
  • Phillipos, Sept. 29
The Boston Globe's Patricia Wen reported on Wednesday that one member of the courtroom audience was Marc Fucarile, a Stoneham man who lost a leg in the bombings.

About 800 potential jurors will be interviewed, according to the Herald.

Tsarnaev is set to go on trial in November.

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