Jury selection to begin for Boston bombing suspect's pal

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Updated: 6/29 4:07 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the federal trial of an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands charged with obstruction of justice.

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the deadly 2013 attack.

Prosecutors say Tazhayakov and another friend took Tsarnaev's backpack containing fireworks and threw the items away. They were later found in a landfill.

Prosecutors say the men were trying to protect Tsarnaev after he was identified as a suspect in the bombing. But Tazhayakov's lawyers say he wasn't trying to impede the investigation and cooperated fully with authorities.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Opening statements are scheduled for July 7.

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