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Friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber found guilty of obstruction, conspiracy

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 00:51

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz comments on the conviction of Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A U.S. jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect's dorm room. The friend, Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for going to suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room three days after the April 15, 2013 attack and removing a backpack containing empty fireworks shells. Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said she was satisfied with the decision. "We are tremendously gratified with jury's decision. I want to thank the jury for their careful attention and their service in this matter," Ortiz told reporters outside the courtroom. "As you heard Judge (U.S. District Judge Douglas) Woodlock say in the courtroom, they took their jobs very seriously and we're tremendously gratified for that."

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Friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber found guilty of obstruction, conspiracy

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 00:51