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Third college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted

Robel Phillipos accused of lying to investigators

A federal grand jury indicted Robel Phillipos, a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators in a terrorism investigation, despite attempts by Phillipos’s defense lawyers to dismiss the case.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Cambridge man gave wildly conflicting accounts about visiting Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with two friends, days after the bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Authorities said the friends left with a backpack, fireworks, and other items later discovered in a New Bedford landfill.

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