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Tsarnaev friend’s jury deliberates for 2nd day

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has started its second day of deliberations in the trial of a man accused of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of agreeing with another friend to take a backpack containing opened fireworks and other items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room. He is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

The jury resumed deliberations Thursday morning after getting the case Wednesday afternoon.

In closing arguments, prosecutors said Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev removed the items hours after the FBI released images of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects.

Tazhayakov’s lawyer said Kadyrbayev is the one who took the items. He said Tazhayakov was prosecuted because he was a “friend of the bomber.”

The 2013 attack killed three people and injured more than 260.

 

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