Judge refuses to dismiss conviction in Cosby murder case
Markhasev in court last July
February 4, 1999
Web posted at: 8:19 p.m. EST (0119 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A judge Thursday refused to dismiss the
conviction of Michael Markhasev in the killing of Ennis
Cosby, the son of entertainer Bill Cosby.
The petition filed by Markhasev's attorneys asked Superior
Court Judge David Perez to dismiss the conviction because of
the questionable authenticity of incriminating jailhouse
letters that prosecutors said Markhasev wrote and were
presented at trial.
During the trial, defense attorneys said the letters were the
work of a Los Angeles inmate who was a convicted forger.
In his ruling, the judge said that even if "the jailhouse
(letters) were not written by (Markhasev), this still does
not point to the innocence of (Markhasev)."
Perez also said the authenticity of the letters was argued by
Markhasev's attorneys during the trial and there was
substantial evidence independent of the jailhouse letters to
support the jury's verdict.
Markhasev is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison
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