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Tsarnaev called 9/11 attacks a conspiracy: roommate

Andrew Dwinells said he remembers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev watching a documentary about the Sept. 11 attacks and saying he believed they were a result of a conspiracy carried out by the U.S. government.

Azamat Tazhayakov Azamat Tazhayakov in federal court on July 7, 2014. Sketch by Jane Collins.

The UMass Dartmouth student accused of killing three people and injuring 264 more in twin blasts at the 2013 Boston Marathon once described the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as a false flag, his college roommate said in federal court on Wednesday.

Andrew Dwinells took the witness stand for a second day of testimony at the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tazhayakovhas been charged with obstructing the investigation into the terror attack.

Dwinells said he remembers Tsarnaev watching a documentary about the Sept. 11 attacks and saying he believed they were a result of a conspiracy carried out by the U.S. government. He also testified that Tsarnaev showed no signs of extremist views.

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Tazhayakov has pleaded not guilty to the charge that he helped dispose of a backpack containing empty fireworks that was removed, along with a laptop and vaseline, from Tsarnaev's dorm.

On Tuesday, Dwinells testified that on April 18, 2014 he let three men, who prosecutors have identified as Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos, into the dorm he shared with Tsarnaev to retrieve the alleged terrorists belongings.

Dwinells said his roommate acted normally in the wake of the bombings - spending much of his time sleeping, texting and going on his computer.

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