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Marathon bombings suspects' friends appear in court

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BOSTON (AP) - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev asked a judge to release him on bail while he awaits trial on charges of impeding the investigation into the deadly attack but the judge denied that request.

“He’s disappointed, I was just talking to him. But neither of us are going to quit the fight,” Khairullozhon Matanov's lawyer Ed Hayden said.

Matanov was in federal court Monday for a detention hearing. Matanov is accused of deleting computer files and lying to investigators.

Prosecutors said Matanov had dinner with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, hours after the April 15, 2013 bombings. Three people were killed and 260 were hurt.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police; Dzhokhar is awaiting trial.

Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Dzhokhar's, also appeared in court Monday for a final hearing before his June 30 trial on obstruction of justice charges.

“He’s confident. He knows what he said to the agent. He knows he isn’t guilty. He’s confident,” Tazhayakov’s attorney Matthew Myers said.

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