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Bill Cosby’s Son May Have Offered Killer A Cigarette

Mon., May 26, 1997

Ennis Cosby may have been killed while offering a cigarette to someone, Time magazine reported.

Crime-scene photographs shown to magazine staffers showed the slain son of Bill Cosby clutching a pack of cigarettes.

That, along with the point-blank nature of the fatal gunshot wound, support the conjectured scenario, the magazine said in its June 2 issue, citing identified forensics experts.

Time did not publish the crime scene photos in the issue, which hits newsstands today.

Telephone messages seeking comment from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and defendant Mikail Markhasev’s public defender, Henry Hall, were not immediately returned Sunday. Attorneys in the case are bound by a gag order.

Markhasev, 18, has pleaded innocent. He was arrested in March after an acquaintance implicated him in the killing and attempted robbery. Police were led to a wooded area where a knit cap and gun were found.

But there were no fingerprints on the gun, Time reported.


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