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    Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Given Bail

    A North Attleborough police officer is stationed outside the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home in North Attleborough, Mass., where a vehicle believed to be carrying the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived, May 2, 2013.
    A North Attleborough police officer is stationed outside the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home in North Attleborough, Mass., where a vehicle believed to be carrying the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived, May 2, 2013.
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    A judge has released one of the friends of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on $100,000 bond while awaiting trial.

    U.S. citizen Robel Phillipos is to be released to home confinement and monitoring with an electronic bracelet.

    Phillipos is charged with lying to investigators looking into the deadly April 15 bombings.  

    Two other friends - Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, originally from Kazakhstan - are to appear in court next week on charges of obstruction of justice and destroying evidence.  Investigators charge the three lied about visiting Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombings and removing evidence.

    Meanwhile, the funeral home holding the remains of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev cannot find a place to bury him and may seek help from state officials.  Tsarnaev's parents in Dagestan say they will not fly his body back to Russia.

    The 26-year-old Tsarnaev died after being shot by police and run over by a vehicle driven by his brother Dzhokhar four days after the marathon attack.

    If convicted, Phillipos could go to prison for eight years and be fined as much as $250,000.  Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev face five-year prison sentences and $250,000 in fines.

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