The Cosby Case

Another Crime, Another Cap, a Familiar Question

Prosecutors in the ENNIS COSBY murder trial, scheduled to begin opening arguments this week, have an evidence problem eerily reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson case. At issue is a single human hair, roots intact, that was found in a knit cap wrapped around a .38-cal. revolver connected with the murder. Ballistic tests suggest that the bullet that killed Cosby came from that gun, and DNA testing links the hair to MIKAIL MARKHASEV. One problem: when the L.A.P.D.'s lab technicians inspected the cap after it was found in March 1997, they found only "shed" hairs without roots; reliable DNA testing requires the...

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