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Friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect convicted of conspiracy

Flowers are laid out in memorial to the victims of the bombing near the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Photo:

Flowers are laid out in memorial to the victims of the bombing near the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

A friend of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on Monday on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for attempting to cover up evidence after the 2013 attack.

Prosecutors said that Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, and another friend removed a laptop and backpack from the room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected bomber, when the FBI listed him as a suspect a few days after the attack, according to the Associated PressThe jury found Tazhayakov guilty for removal of the backpack, but not the laptop.​

Tsarnaev, 20, is alleged to have been responsible for the two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the race, killing three people and wounding more than 260.

From The New York Times:

“Before the F.B.I. knew that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a suspect in that investigation, what did this defendant do? He went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room,” said an assistant United States attorney, John A. Capin.​

Jury deliberations in the case began Wednesday.

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