Attorney: Tsarnaev Friend to Plead Guilty in Obstruction Charges

In this courtroom sketch, Dias Kadyrbayev, second from right, testifies in federal court Monday, June 2, 2014, in Boston. Kadyrbayev, a native of Kazakhstan and friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the 2013 bombings. He testified Monday, during a hearing on his request to suppress statements he made to authorities, that he did not understand his constitutional rights while he was being questioned following the attack.
In this courtroom sketch, Dias Kadyrbayev, second from right, testifies in federal court Monday, June 2, 2014, in Boston. Kadyrbayev, a native of Kazakhstan and friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the 2013 bombings. He testified Monday, during a hearing on his request to suppress statements he made to authorities, that he did not understand his constitutional rights while he was being questioned following the attack.
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A man accused of removing evidence from the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s dorm room at U-Mass Dartmouth will now plead guilty, according to the Boston Globe.

Dias Kadyrbayev, a 19-year-old native of Kazakhstan, faces obstruction of justice charges for removing a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room days after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Kadyrbayev’s lawyer told the Boston Globe that his client will plead guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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He had originally pleaded not guilty, with the case scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Another Tsarnaev friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty last month on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for helping Kadyrbayev move the evidence.

Kadyrbayev’s change of plea hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in federal court in Boston.