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Friend of Marathon Bombing Suspect Renews Request to Move Trial

Robel Phillipos charged with lying to authorities

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    Friend of Marathon Bombing Suspect Renews Request to Move Trial
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    FILE - This courtroom sketch shows defendant Robel Phillipos appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Phillipos, and two other college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has renewed his request to move his trial out of Boston.

    Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to authorities. His lawyers filed a change of venue motion Monday asking that his federal trial be moved to Springfield; Providence, Rhode Island; or Portland, Maine.

    A judge rejected an earlier change-of-venue motion.

    His lawyers argue that prejudicial pretrial publicity has made it impossible for Phillipos to receive a fair trial in Boston.

    Phillipos is charged with lying to investigators about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the bombing, when two other Tsarnaev friends removed a backpack, laptop computer and other items.

    Phillipos' trial is currently scheduled to start next week.

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