Tazhayakov ‘knows he’s not guilty’ of alleged bomber cover up

Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) poses with Azamat Tazhayakov (L) and Dias Kadyrbayev in an undated photo taken in New York. Credit:  vk.com/Reuters
Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) poses with Azamat Tazhayakov (L) and Dias Kadyrbayev in an undated photo taken in New York. Credit: vk.com/Reuters

A lawyer for a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he rejected a plea deal offered to his client who he said “knows he’s not guilty.”

Azamat Tazhayakov and his friend Dias Kadyrbayev are accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room following the April 15, 2013 bombing, which killed three and wounded 264.

Tazhayakov’s lawyer, Matthew Myers, told reporters after a pretrial hearing Monday that prosecutors offered him a deal to plead to reduced charges but he turned it down, the AP reported.

Myers would not disclose the terms of the offer, but reportedly said that Tazhayakov is confident he will be acquitted.

Jury selection is slated to begin next week in Tazhayakov’s trial.

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