BOSTON (Reuters) – A stream of federal agents testified on Thursday in pre-trial hearings for three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with hampering the investigation, as defense attorneys sought to prove their early statements to law enforcement were involuntary.
During the previous two days of testimony FBI and Homeland Security agents recalled their interviews with Kazakh exchange students Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov four days after the blasts that killed three people and injured more than 260 others, saying they told the two friends that they had the choice of speaking or not speaking to agents.
Accused bomber’s friends introduced FBI agents to their pet lizard at their New Bedford apartment after being questioned, agent says.
“This is a Yankee meal. You serve it cold and you slice it thin.” Judge at accused bomber’s friends hearing tells lawyers to tone it down.
BOSTON (Reuters) – FBI agents searching for the accused Boston Marathon bomber surrounded an apartment where two of the suspect’s friends were living and trained the laser scopes of sniper rifles on them, a federal agent testified on Wednesday.
Four days after the bombing, heavily armed law enforcement agents surrounded the building where two college friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived, acting on information, later proven incorrect, that the suspect was hiding in there.
FBI special agent John Walker back for a second day of cross-examination at pre-trial hearing of three friends of accused Boston bomber.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for one of the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s three friends charged with hampering the investigation will question an FBI agent on Wednesday as they try to prevent early statements by their client from being read at his upcoming trial.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college friends, Kazakh exchange students Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, will appear at hearings in federal court in Boston this week ahead of the trials, which are due to begin in June.