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Teen: Cosby Murder Suspect Was With Me

Sat., May 3, 1997

A 16-year-old boy in jail for robbery claims he can provide an alibi for the teenager accused of killing Bill Cosby’s son, authorities said Friday.

The unidentified juvenile offender told his case worker he was with 18-year-old Mikail Markhasev and another teen in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 16, the night that 27-year-old Ennis Cosby was killed, said Julio Calderon, a spokesman for the California Youth Authority.

Markhasev is accused of shooting Bill Cosby’s only son on Jan. 16 while he changed a flat tire on his Mercedes Benz convertible.

Border agents questioned the third teen about residency documents, which means that the Immigration and Naturalization Service may have a file confirming the juvenile’s story, KCAL-TV said.

INS officials in San Diego said they were not immediately aware of such a file.

The jailed 16-year-old was apparently a member of the same gang as Markhasev, Calderon said. The youth was arrested for armed robbery in April 1996, put on probation and later taken into custody after he ran away, Calderon said.

On Tuesday, he told his case worker that he, Markhasev and the third teen were visiting another friend who was jailed in Tijuana on Jan. 16, Calderon said.

“We don’t know exactly what we’re dealing with here,” Calderon said. “It could be just a homeboy trying to give another homeboy an alibi.”

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