Friend of Tsarnaev Guilty of Obstruction of Justice for Hiding Evidence

By NBC News

Published 07/21 2014 01:02PM

Updated 07/21 2014 01:04PM

AP File

NBC News -- A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice for interfering with the FBI's investigation into the latter's possible involvement in the 2013 terrorist attack.

A jury found the friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the attack.

Jurors found Tazhayakov, a Kazakh exchange student, not guilty of similar charges involving a laptop computer.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 marathon.

Tazhayakov's sentencing was set for Oct. 16.


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