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Federal Prosecutors left court Friday with the backpack that allegedly belongs to Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. An FBI agent testified that it's the same backpack that friends took from Tsarnaev's dorm room at UMass Dartmouth days after the bombing.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Diaz Kadyrbayev are charged with obstructing justice by taking Tsarnaev's backpack and laptop hours after the FBI released photos of the two bombing suspects.
Tazhayakov is the first of the suspects to go on trial.
The FBI agent testified he found the backpack in a New Bedford landfill and said it contained fireworks. Authorities say they also found fireworks in in Tsarnaev's Dorm Room.
Earlier, an FBI official testified that Tazhayakov visited the FBI website numerous times after authorities posted video and pictures of the bombing suspects.\
Defense attorneys have argued that Kadyrbayev, not Tazhayakov, took the backpack.
They said they also plan to argue that Tazhayakov’s statement to police should be thrown out because it wasn't made voluntarily.
“I think we anticipated the case well, and I think we’ll finish strong and get a good closing argument coming up here. The government should rest its case on Monday and we look forward to the case getting this to a jury,” defense attorney Matthew Myers said.
It is still unclear if Tazhayakov will take the stand, but the prosecution is expected to wrap up Monday and jurors could begin deliberation as soon as Wednesday.