Accused Boston bomber's friend found guilty of obstructing justice, conspiracy
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:06
A U.S. jury finds friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect's dorm room. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A friend of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombing.
Prosecutors said Azamat Tazhayakov and two others removed evidence from Tsarnaev's dormroom three days after the blast.
The jury found Tazhayakov guilty of obstructing justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Prosecutors welcomed the decision.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ATTORNEY CARMEN ORTIZ, SAYING:
"We are tremendously gratified with jury's decision. I want to thank the jury for their careful attention and their service in this matter."
The evidence centered on a backpack containing empty firework shells.
One of his defense attorneys said his client would appeal the decision.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED DEFENSE ATTORNEY, SAYING:
"My client never took a backpack out of his apartment. He never took a backpack out of the dormitory. The evidence is irreputable when it comes to that."
Tazhayakov could face up to 25 years in prison.
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