Jury chosen for trial of marathon suspect’s friend

In this May 15, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at federal court before a hearing in Boston. Lawyers for Phillipos, a U.S. citizen who is charged with lying to investigators after last year's fatal bombing, filed a change of venue motion Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The motion seeks to have his federal trial, scheduled to start the following week, moved from Boston to Springfield; Providence, R.I., or Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A jury has been chosen in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the deadly attack.

Jury selection wrapped up Thursday in U.S. District Court. Twelve regular jurors and four alternates were chosen. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Phillipos is charged with making false statements when questioned about his movements on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing and hours after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects.

Prosecutors say Phillipos lied about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room while two other friends removed Tsarnaev’s laptop and backpack, which contained fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder.

Three people were killed and 260 were injured in the 2013 bombing.

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