Cosby slaying suspect pleads innocent
May 13, 1997
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Mikail Markhasev entered a plea of "not guilty" Tuesday to a charge of killing Ennis Cosby, son of entertainer Bill Cosby.
Markhasev's attorney, Henry Hall, entered the plea on behalf of his 18-year-old client.
Judge John Reid ordered a return to the courtroom on May 30 by which time the district attorney's office is expected to have decided on whether or not to seek the death penalty.
Reid is still considering a request by the media to change his order sealing the grand jury report indicting Markhasev.
Ennis Cosby, 27, was shot to death January 16 while changing a flat tire on his Mercedes, which was parked on a freeway frontage road near Mulholland Drive and the exclusive Bel-Air community.
Police arrested Markhasev March 12 following a tip from the National Enquirer, which had offered a $100,000 reward. Robbery was believed to be the motive for Cosby's slaying, police said at the time of the arrest.
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