BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect did not speak involuntarily when telling FBI agents about the removal of a laptop and backpack from the suspect’s room and his statements are admissible as evidence, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday.
Lawyers for Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov had argued against admission of the comments he made during an hours-long interview that began when more than 50 heavily armed agents raided his apartment four days after the deadly blasts and continued into the next morning. Tazhayakov’s attorneys said he did not feel free to leave during the interrogation.
BOSTON (Reuters) – An FBI agent who interrogated a college friend of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber three days after the deadly blasts is due back on the witness stand on Tuesday in the man’s trial on obstruction charges.
The agent, Sara Wood, was part of a team of law officers who surrounded the Massachusetts apartment shared by Azamat Tazhayakov and a fellow Kazakh exchange student, ordered the pair out and questioned them into the pre-dawn hours of the next day about their friend and accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber goes on trial on Monday charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
Azamat Tazhayakov, a 20-year-old Kazakh exchange student, will be the first of three friends of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Four days after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, dozens of heavily armed federal agents surrounded the home of two friends of the suspected bomber, ordered them out and took the men in handcuffs to a police station for hours of interrogation.
Whether what the suspects said is admissible in court is a question that will loom large next week at the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, charged with obstructing the probe into the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A judge told prosecutors on Wednesday that they may not mention that the accused Boston Marathon bomber is a naturalized citizen as a factor in determining whether he should be executed if convicted of the deadly attack.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who immigrated to the United States about a decade ago whom federal prosecutors contend killed three people and injured more than 260 in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police three days after the April 15, 2013 bombing.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday denied a request by lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to allow them to meet jointly with their client and his sisters without having federal agents present.
Defense attorneys had argued that understanding accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s relations with his family would be important to making a case that he does not deserve execution if convicted of the April 15, 2013 attack, saying the presence of a federal officers prevented normal conversations.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber were due in court on Wednesday to argue matters including an expected request to move the upcoming trial out of the city where a pair of homemade bombs killed three people and injured 264 others.
Lawyers for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, had asked U.S. District Judge George O’Toole to give them more time to prepare their arguments for moving the trial outside of Boston. But the judge last week rejected that request, saying that the June 18 deadline allowed them ample time to prepare.
By Scott Malone
WALTHAM Mass. (Reuters) – The governors of five New England states said on Tuesday they would begin to share data on prescriptions to cut down on “doctor shopping,” with heroin addiction and overdose deaths on the rise as a result of prescription painkiller abuse.
The goal is to stop patients who have become dependent on opioid painkillers, which include Vicodin and Percocet, from visiting multiple doctors, typically without the doctors’ knowledge, to obtain large amounts of the drugs.