Dzhokhar Tsarnaev smiles, goes to college campus gym day after Boston Marathon bombing, new video shows

BY Sasha Goldstein
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | July 14, 2014

The suspect had not a care in the world, new campus surveillance footage shows, just hours after he allegedly planted bombs at the race finish line on April 15, 2013. The video’s release came on the last day of testimony in the obstruction of justice trial for Tsarnaev’s friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, 20.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev smirks as he checks into a campus gym one day after the Boston Marathon bombing.

He was the most wanted man in the country, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had not a care in the world the day after the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing, newly released surveillance video shows.

The 20-year-old terrorism suspect was caught on camera smirking and talking with buddy Azamat Tazhayakov on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, hours after he allegedly planted two pressure cooker bombs that killed three and injured more than 260 in twin blasts near the race finish line.

The video’s release came Monday as the prosecution rested in the federal trial of Tazhayakov, who is accused of removing a backpack filled with fireworks emptied of black powder from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

“I think that our attorneys proved that Azamat never threw anything out and he also didn’t give any instructions to anybody to do this,” the 20-year-old’s father told reporters in Russian through an interpreter.

Authorities believe Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, used the powder in their homemade bombs. Tamerlan died in a shootout with cops April 19, hours before his brother was captured by police.

The new minute-long clip shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nonchalantly swipe his student ID card as he and his pal go to the gym April 16, 2013. Tsarnaev is captured smiling as he speaks to his friend in the soundless footage.

Defense attorneys used a Boston-friendly analogy to describe the case, comparing the two college student’s friendship to that of Patriots players Tom Brady and Aaron Hernandez.

“Aaron Hernandez spent a lot of time with Tom Brady, right? He did, right?” attorney Matthew Myers asked reporters after court Monday, WCVB-TV reported. “Do you think Aaron Hernandez ever had conversations with Tom Brady about what he potentially was doing?”

But prosecutors contended the relationship was very close, so much so that Tazhayakov went with friend Dias Kadyrbayev to grab the backpack and obstruct justice by tossing the evidence in a dumpster as the Tsarnaevs went on the lam.

Tsarnaev’s trial is slated to begin in November.



Video shows Boston marathon bombing suspect day after attack
Fox News | July 15, 2014

This image taken from surveillance video released by federal prosecutors shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Azamat Tazhayakov walking through a building at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on April 16, 2013, one day after the Boston Marathon bombing (

New video shown at the trial of a friend of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shows Tsarnaev and a friend entering and exiting a gym on their college’s campus the day after the attack that killed three people and injured 260 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Federal prosecutors played the surveillance footage Monday in an attempt to show the close friendship between Tsarnaev and Azamat Tazhayakov, who is accused of obstructing justice by conspiring to destroy property belonging to Tsarnaev, including the alleged bomber’s laptop and a backpack containing fireworks. If convicted, Tazhayakov faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors also released a photo showing Tsarnaev, Tazhayakov hanging out with friends in Tazhayakov’s New Bedford apartment just weeks before the bombings.

The prosecution’s last witness against Tazhayakov was FBI Special Agent John Walker, who testified about Tazhayakov’s internet search history after the FBI released suspect images of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev following the April 15, 2013 bombing.

Tazhayakov reportedly looked at numerous stories about the suspects, and at one point even searched his own name on Google.

Defense attorney Matthew Myers said his client was only guilty of being friends with the accused bomber, and pointed to another high profile Massachusetts case to make his point.

"[Former New England Patriots tight end] Aaron Hernandez spent a lot of time with Tom Brady, right? He did, right?" Myers asked reporters outside of court on Monday. "Do you think Aaron Hernandez ever had conversations with Tom Brady about what he was potentially doing? I’m not making an evaluation of his case right now."

The prosecution and defense both rested Monday, with Myers not calling any witnesses for the defense, even though Tazhayakov’s father says his son wanted to testify.

"We didn’t feel like we wanted to start switching the burden of proof. We know when we start putting witnesses on the jury starts focusing on our case. They should be focused on the prosecutor’s case, not ours," Myers said.

The defense has called the credibility of law enforcement officials into question, with Myers claiming that they have repeatedly contradicted themselves on the stand.

Tazhayakov’s father, Amir Ismagulov, says he’s hopeful jurors will do the right thing.

"I believe in the people of Boston and I trust them and I just want to hope that they will make their decision based not on emotions but on common sense and the facts that were proven," he said through a translator outside court Monday.

Lawyers for both sides will be back in court Tuesday to talk about the instructions the judge will give to the jury. After closing arguments on Wednesday morning, the jury gets the case.


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