BOSTON (May 1, 2013)--Three men who attended college with the Boston Marathon bombing suspect were charged Wednesday in connection with the case.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and the third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
An FBI affidavit says the three men removed bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the bombing.
The affidavit says Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev agreed to get rid of the backpack after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the bombers.
A court appearance for the three was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later.
His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and remains in a hospital prison.
Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S.
They are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction.