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Specialists Testify on Computer, Cell Phone Usage in Trial of Tsarnaev Friend

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands for arraignment with his attorney, Nicholas Wooldridge, left, before Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. Tazhayakov pleaded not guilty to hindering the investigation into the attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov (center), a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stood for arraignment with his attorney, Nicholas Wooldridge (left) in federal court on Sept. 13, 2013 .Jane Flavell Collins/AP photo

FBI agents specializing in telecommunications and computer forensics testified in federal court Thursday about Internet searches conducted by Azamat Tazhayakov, one of three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev accused of interfering with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Tazhayakov, 20, allegedly removed items from the bombing suspect’s UMass Dartmouth dorm room on April 18, 2013, just days after the blasts killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

FBI Special Agent James Scripture took the stand and said Tazhayakov viewed information and news reports about the bombing and themanhunt.

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FBI Agent Chad Fitzgerald testified that cell phone activity from Tazhayakov could be tracked to towers near his apartment and UMass Dartmouth.

The court also heard from an FBI agent who interviewed Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, another friend of Tsarnaev from UMass Dartmouth accused of interfering with the bombing investigation.

Tazhayakov has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. He is on trial in federal court in Boston. The trial is expected to take three weeks.

Here’s what was reported from the courtroom:

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