WASHINGTON - Three men who attended college with the Boston Marathon suspect have been charged in connection with the case.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
An FBI affidavit says the three men removed bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the bombing.
The affidavit says Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev agreed to get rid of it after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the bombers.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, the two men who attended college with Tsarnaev, did waive their bail. THe two appeared in court Wednesday, May 1, and agreed to voluntary detention. Their next hearing is scheduled for May 14. Phillipos awats a court appearance.
The news comes after Boston police said three more suspects were taken into custody in the marathon bombings this morning.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department said only that three more suspects were in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.
Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S. They are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction.
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