Boston Bomb Suspect’s Friends Plead Not Guilty in Case

Source: Janelle Lawrence and Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg

Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to charges that they tried to obstruct a federal investigation into the case by destroying evidence.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, entered pleas at an arraignment in federal court in Boston today on three counts of obstructing justice and aiding and abetting. They were arrested April 20 and are being held without bail.

Both men appeared in court wearing prison-issued orange jumpsuits and waived a reading of the indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann told U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler that she expects the trial to last two weeks and the government will call 15 to 20 witnesses. Bowler scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 26.

On April 15, two explosions occurred in Boston near the finish line of the annual marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 200. Three days later, the FBI published images of the principal suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan.

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