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BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators in the days after the deadly blasts last year did not say he had been too intoxicated on marijuana to remember his actions, an official who interviewed him testified on Tuesday.
U.S. prosecutors contend that 21-year-old Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, Massachusetts, lied about accompanying two other men to the suspect’s college dorm room and removing a backpack containing fireworks three days after the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could not have lied to the FBI about visiting the man’s dorm room and removing a backpack because he was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember what he did that day, his defense attorney said on Monday.
Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, after the FBI released images of the Tsarnaev brothers, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells.