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Cosby Killing Conviction To Stand

February 5, 1999

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ A judge has refused to set aside the murder conviction of the man who killed Bill Cosby’s son.

Mikail Markhasev asked that his case be reopened because he claims incriminating letters used against him at trial were fabricated.

But the trial judge said there was substantial evidence independent of the letters to support the jury’s verdict.

The defense claims that six jailhouse letters said to be written by Markhasev were actually the work of a convicted forger, David Gomez.

One of the letters stated Markhasev went to Bel-Air to rob an apparent drug dealer. ``I went to rob a connection and obviously found something else,″ it stated.

Gomez, who is serving a 91-year-to-life term for several felony convictions, was accused by the defense of faking the letters to gain favor with prison authorities.

Markhasev was convicted last July for killing Ennis Cosby, 27, who was shot in January 1997 while fixing a flat tire near a freeway off-ramp. He was sentenced in August to life in prison without parole.

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