Judge: Tsarnaev friends could receive fair trials in Mass.

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)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately, and those trials could happen right here at the Springfield Federal Courthouse.

Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock ruled Tuesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college friends could receive fair trials in Boston, or if need be, here in Springfield.

Their lawyers wanted the trial moved out of state, saying the coverage of the case could prevent the friends from getting fair trials.

Judge Woodlock said Boston mobster James Whitey Bulger was tried in Boston, so these defendants could be tried in state as well.

Many people here in western Massachusetts agreed. “Get a fair trial? Where else would you go? New York? I’d say Massachusetts.”

Eric Wilkerson of Springfield said, “I think it should stay where it happened. That’s where people are most, actually, grieving the hardest, and that’s where it’s most heartfelt, I feel like.

The college friends are accused of helping Tsarnaev hide evidence after the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.

The first of the three separate trials will start June 30th. No word yet on if it’ll be in Boston or Springfield.

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