Lawyer says Tsarnaev's friend refused a plea deal

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BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect says he rejected a plea deal offered to his client.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is accused with another friend of removing items from the dorm room of their friend, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). Explosions at the marathon last year killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tazhayakov's lawyer, Matthew Myers, told reporters Monday that prosecutors offered him a deal to plead to reduced charges but he turned it down.

Myers would not disclose the terms of the offer. He says Tazhayakov is confident he will be acquitted.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Myers' remarks came after a pretrial hearing. Jury selection is slated to begin next week in Tazhayakov's trial.

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