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Williams’ Wife: He’s a ‘Good Man’

April 29, 2002

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Jayson Williams’ wife calls her husband ``a good man″ and says people should not rush to judgment about the former NBA star accused of shooting to death a limousine driver at his estate.

``A very tragic accident occurred,″ Tanya Williams told The Associated Press last week. ``Jayson doesn’t read the newspapers, nor does he watch the TV, and so how things have played out in the media is of very, very little significance to us now. The facts will come out. That’s what we know.″

Williams, 34, is charged with manslaughter in the death Feb. 14 of Costas Christofi at the former basketball star’s 40-room mansion in Alexandria Township. Prosecutors say that Williams was recklessly handling his 12-gauge shotgun and that he tried to make the shooting look like a suicide.

Williams could get more than 24 years in prison. He is free $270,000 bail. No trial date has been set.

``Our strongest desire is that people realize who Jayson is _ that he’s a good man _ and that they don’t rush to judgment,″ said his wife, who met her husband in college and married him about a year ago. She was out the night of the shooting.

The 6-foot-10 Williams was once among the NBA’s best rebounders, but leg injuries ended his career and he retired from the New Jersey Nets in 2000. Since the shooting, he has been suspended from his job as an NBA analyst for NBC.

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