3rd marathon bombing suspect pal, Azamat Tazhayakov, pleads not guilty
Courtroom sketch of defendants Dias Kadyrbayev (l), and Azamat Tazhayakov (c), appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler (r), Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston, Massachusetts.
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BOSTON - A third friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice charges.
Azamat Tazhayakov was arraigned Friday afternoon, hours after not guilty pleas from two other friends of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They are also accused of hindering the investigation into the attack.
Tazhayakov's parents and sister were in court during the brief arraignment. A translator says the family traveled from their native Kazakhstan and plans to remain until the case is resolved.
Tazhayakov's attorney says the government "rushed into things" by charging his client and that the evidence against him is thin.
Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are accused of destroying or concealing Tsarnaev's belongings as he evaded authorities following the April bombings.
The third friend is accused of lying to investigators.
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