Can Tsarnaev friends get a fair trial in Massachusetts?

Robel Phillipos leaves federal court Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Boston after he was arraigned on charges of hindering the investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Phillipos pleaded not guilty to the charges. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court this week, to ask a judge to move their trials outside Massachusetts.

The three men aren’t charged in connection with the bombing itself, but for their actions in the days following the attacks.

Two of them, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, are Kazakhstan nationals who went to UMass Dartmouth with Tsarnaev. They are accused of taking Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks from his college dorm room after the deadly April 15 bombing.

A third young man from Cambridge, Robel Phillipos, is accused of lying to investigators. Tuesday, their lawyers will ask a federal judge for a change in venue because of intensive media coverage of the case.

People that 22News spoke with Monday said that they don’t think that it will make a difference for the defendants where the trial is held.

“I think it’s such a huge story, it’s going to be the same wherever they go. It’s a national tragedy,” Garry Muratore of Longmeadow said.

“I don’t think they’re ever going to find a jury that hasn’t heard of the story.”

The three men have pleaded not guilty to their charges. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges in the bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

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