Reports: Cosby suspect has alibi
May 2, 1997
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A 19-year-old man told his parole officer that he and the suspect in the Ennis Cosby murder case were in Mexico on the day of the slaying, two television stations reported Friday.
KCAL and KCBS did not identify the teen-ager who provided the alibi. But it is the first time anyone has said that suspect Mikhail Markhasev, 18, was not in the Los Angeles area at the time of the murder.
Bill Cosby's 27-year-old son was shot fatally January 16 after he pulled off the side of a Los Angeles freeway to change a flat tire.
CNN could not immediately confirm the stations' reports.
According to the stations, the teen-ager is serving time with the California Youth Authority and told his parole officer that he, Markhasev and another teen were in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 15 to January 19 or 20.
The alibi reports come a day after two public defenders were appointed to Markhasev because his family said it could not afford the private attorneys who had been representing him.
Markhasev was arrested March 12 and pleaded not guilty to initial charges of murder with special circumstances of attempted robbery and use of firearm. His arraignment has been delayed until May 13 to give the new attorneys time to prepare.
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