BOSTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor has told jurors that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) texted a friend 90 minutes after the deadly explosions and said, "Don't go thinking it's me."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann revealed the contents of the text message Monday during opening statements in the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv).
Tazhayakov has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. He is accused of removing a backpack, fireworks that had been emptied of their black powder and a laptop from Tsarnaev's dorm room after the bombings.
Siegmann also told the jury that a month before the bombings, Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov and another friend that "it was good to die" a martyr because you would die "with a smile on your face and go straight to heaven."