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Text messages show marathon bombing suspect joking

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This courtroom sketch signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev, left, and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and another man, were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

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This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

BOSTON — Text messages show Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) joking with a friend not to text him after the FBI released his photo.

Dias Kadyrbayev (DY'-us kah-dur-BY'-ehv) texted Tsarnaev shortly after photos of Tsarnaev and his brother were released publicly by the FBI as suspects in the deadly attack.

Tsarnaev responded that he had seen the news then texted, "Better not text me my friend," then "Lol." Another text told Kadyrbayev he could go to Tsarnaev's room and "take what's there" followed by a smiley face.

Some of the messages had been released previously but a complete transcript of Kadyrbayev's text messages in the days after the bombing was released by prosecutors Thursday.

Kadyrbayev and two others face charges stemming from the bombing investigation, but are not accused of participating in or knowing about the plot. A judge said Thursday statements the other two men made to investigators can be used at trial.

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