Friend of Accused Boston Bomber Asks to Move Trial

Robel Phillipos (2nd L), a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in Boston, Massachusetts May 13, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Brian Snyder)
Robel Phillipos (2nd L), a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in Boston, Massachusetts May 13, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Brian Snyder)

A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators has asked a judge to move his trial out of the city.

The man, Robel Phillipos, is due in court on Tuesday for a final hearing before his trial starts on Sept. 29. U.S. prosecutors contend that Phillipos and two Kazakh exchange students, who were also friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, went to Tsarnaev’s college dorm room three days after the April 15, 2013 bombing and removed a laptop computer and backpack containing empty fireworks shells.

One of the other two men, Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty in July of obstruction of justice for the visit and the second, Dias Kadyrbayev, in August pleaded guilty to that charge.

Phillipos faces the lesser charge of lying to investigators, and could face a sentence of up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

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SOURCE: Reuters

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