Trial to begin for Tsarnaev pal accused of lying

Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to authorities about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room

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BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to authorities about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room while two other friends removed Tsarnaev’s backpack, laptop and other items. All three men attended the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in federal court.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for removing the items from Tsarnaev’s room hours after the FBI released photographs of him and his brother, Tamerlan, as suspects. Two bombs placed near the finish line of the 2013 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260.

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