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Upcoming hearing for friend of marathon bombing suspect canceled

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BOSTON ( – Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler has approved a motion to cancel a Monday hearing scheduled for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Robel Phillipos, who remains under house arrest, is awaiting trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the April 15 bombings.

The request was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, saying "Mr. Phillipos gives notice of his waiver of preliminary hearing pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 5.1(a)(1) and further states the parties are engaged in negotiations aimed at possible resolution of this matter."

Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years in prison if convicted.

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