Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, who were handcuffed, both voiced their not guilty pleas during their brief arraignment yesterday in Boston.
The 19-year-old roommates and Kazakh nationals began attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth the same semester as Tsarnaev. They were arrested in May with Robel Phillipos, another one of Tsarnaev’s friends.
Authorities accuse them of helping Tsarnaev after the Apr 15 blast by taking items from his dorm room to keep them from police.
This occurred shortly before Tsarnaev was taken into custody in Watertown. He and his brother, who died during a police shoot-out, are accused of planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured hundreds.
After yesterday’s brief court hearing, Kadyrbayev’s lawyer, Robert Stahl, said his client “had no intent to assist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev”.
Arkady Bukh, attorney, for Tazhayakov, previously said his client did not touch any of Tsarnaev’s items.
Phillipos is free on a $100,000 bond and will be monitored electronically.