Boston Marathon suspect’s friends want 2015 trial

BOSTON (AP) -- Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seeking a trial date early next year on charges of hindering the investigation.

Attorneys for Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE’-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) and Robel Phillipos are expected to appear in federal court Wednesday to discuss a proposed schedule they submitted to the court, including their request for a trial date next January.

A third friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, (AHZ’-maht tuh-ZAYE’-uh-kov) wasn’t included. He’s expected to file a separate request.

Authorities allege that Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov removed Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth three days after the bombing.

Phillipos is accused of lying to authorities. All three men have pleaded not guilty.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260.