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Azamat Tazhayakov, Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend, Refused A Plea Deal

By DENISE LAVOIE

 

BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer for a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect says he rejected a plea deal offered to his client.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is accused with another friend of removing items from the dorm room of their friend, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). Explosions at the marathon last year killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tazhayakov's lawyer, Matthew Myers, told reporters Monday that prosecutors offered him a deal to plead to reduced charges but he turned it down.

Myers would not disclose the terms of the offer. He says Tazhayakov is confident he will be acquitted.

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