A lawyer for a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect says he rejected a plea deal offered to his client.

 

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused with another friend of removing items from the dorm room of their friend, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Explosions at the marathon last year killed three people and wounded more than 260.

 

Tazhayakov's lawyer, Matthew Myers, told reporters Monday that prosecutors offered him a deal to plead to reduced charges but he turned it down.

 

Myers would not disclose the terms of the offer. He says Tazhayakov is confident he will be acquitted.

 

A spokeswoman for prosecutors did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

 

Myers' remarks came after a pretrial hearing. Jury selection is slated to begin next week in Tazhayakov's trial.