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Boston bombing probe: Three suspects told stories that don't match

In broad terms, the three suspects arrested and charged with obstructing justice in the Boston bombing investigation told the same story. But the accounts varied on some important details.

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This courtroom sketch shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev (l.) and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday.

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On the evening of April 18, college student Dias Kadyrbayev sent an out-of-the-ordinary text message to a classmate, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Mr. Kadyrbayev told his friend that he looked like one of the bomb suspects whose faces has been publicized by the FBI a few hours earlier.

Over the next few minutes, between 8:43 and 8:48 p.m., the exchange continued, with Mr. Tsarnaev sending messages including “lol,” “you better not text me,” and “come to my room and take whatever you want.”

Those details are included in a criminal complaint against Kadyrbayev by the FBI, released Wednesday. But the complaint against Kadyrbayev and two other friends of Tsarnaev, who are all facing criminal charges of obstructing justice, in some ways raises as many questions as it answers about the events of April 18.

The FBI alleges that the three friends, acting together that night, recognized Tsarnaev as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and agreed to remove a backpack and other items from his college dorm room in Dartmouth, Mass. All three of their accounts align around the claim that Kadyrbayev was the one who threw the backpack away.

Yet there are also glaring inconsistencies in their stories. The three 19-year-olds gave the FBI differing accounts about when they went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room that evening, when they came to the conclusion that Tsarnaev was likely involved in the Boston bombings, and when the backpack – which contained fireworks that had been emptied of explosive powder – was thrown away.

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