A judge will allow federal prosecutors to describe to a jury what alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a friend about his knowledge of assembling explosives when the friend’s trial begins next week.
The ruling from US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock was issued Thursday in the case against Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, who is charged with obstructing the investigation into the April 15, 2013, blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Tazhayakov allegedly helped remove items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at UMass Dartmouth after the bombings. Tazhayakov has pleaded not guilty, and opening statements in his trial are slated for Monday. Two co-defendants charged with related offenses will be tried separately.
“The defendant [Tazhayakov] presses one objection to the demonstratives the government proposes to use during its opening statement,” Woodlock wrote on Thursday. “This concerns what Dzhokar Tsarnaev is said to have told the defendant about Tsarnaev’s knowledge regarding the making of a bomb. I find the government’s paraphrase in the demonstrative of the conversation between Tsarnaev and the defendant fairly reflects evidence admissible at trial.”
Woodlock did not specify what Tsarnaev allegedly told Tazhayakov or when, and a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz had no comment on Friday.
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