FBI: Tsarnaev's friend agreed to toss evidence

Associated Press
In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, left, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted listening to testimony by FBI Special Agent Phil Christiana, right, during the first day of his federal obstruction of justice trial Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, left, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted listening to testimony by FBI Special Agent Phil Christiana, right, during the first day of his federal obstruction of justice trial Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON (AP) — An FBI agent says a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) agreed with another friend to get rid of a backpack containing fireworks found in Tsarnaev's dorm room.

The agent testified Tuesday that Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) initially denied knowing what was in Tsarnaev's backpack, but eventually said he saw fireworks that appeared to have been emptied of powder. The agent said Tazhayakov told her he agreed when his friend, Dias Kadyrbayev (DY'-us kah-dur-BY'-ehv), who said they should throw away the backpack.

Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Kadyrbayev faces a separate trial.

During cross-examination by Tazhayakov's lawyer, the agent acknowledged that Tazhayakov told her that Kadyrbayev actually took the backpack and threw it away.

Tsarnaev is awaiting trial in the bombing.

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