2 new witnesses to testify against Tsarnaev

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Attorneys for the second man accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing tell CNN that two new witnesses will testify at trial that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not involved in the 2013 attack.

Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, died four days after the explosions.

The next hearing in the case is slated for June 11, a federal courthouse official said.

Alexandra Romm, who has now also been called as a witness by defense attorneys, once considered Tsarnaev’s girlfriend to be her cousin, according to affidavits filed on the defense team’s behalf.

When she contacted the girlfriend after Tamerlan’s death, Romm testified, she learned the girl’s mother had been fired from Tsarnaev’s apartment for bad behavior.

One day later, Romm testified, she received a call from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother, the younger brother’s aunt.

“Her phone said to me, ‘Alex, your cousin is alive,’” Romm said in her affidavit.

The defense said she would testify that Tsarnaev told his mom he did not kill anyone, Romm said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen, has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Alexandra Arbuzov, who also worked at a Cambridge storage facility with Tamerlan, once shared a floor with Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, according to transcripts filed on behalf of his attorneys.

Tamerlan’s lawyers say the storage facility let Tamerlan come to the center on several occasions to use a desk, and Arbuzov would sometimes bring him food.

After Tsarnaev’s arrest in Massachusetts, authorities questioned Arbuzov, according to defense attorneys, who urged her to surrender her weapons and leave the country.

She consented, and was promptly arrested.

“What’s going on in this country is not justice,” the defense motion said. “His right to remain silent has been violated repeatedly in the years since his arrest, and he has been denied his access to adequate legal representation.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers raised the defense team’s decision to put Romm and Arbuzov on the witness list as a way to discredit the government’s case.

The government says that after the FBI released Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s photograph, Arbuzov took two photos of the student’s backside and sent them to a friend.

The friend called the FBI and told them that the photos of the suspect’s backside would belong to Tamerlan.

At the time, police were searching for Tamerlan Tsarnaev and initially focused on him.

According to prosecutors, a dye pack used during the bombing was found in a garbage bag belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and three packages containing fireworks went missing from his home.

The cleanup and aftermath of the bombing spread fear across the entire Boston area, leading to stricter security measures and bag searches at all major airports.

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