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Informant Gets Reward in Cosby Case

July 10, 1998 GMT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ The informant who tipped the National Enquirer to Ennis Cosby’s murderer has collected a $100,000 reward from the tabloid.

Christopher So, 34, wore a National Enquirer T-shirt and an ``Enquiring Mind″ cap as he accepted the oversized check Thursday at a luxury beach hotel. So gave the tabloid information on Mikail Markhasev that led to his arrest in the killing of Bill Cosby’s only son.

The 19-year-old Ukrainian immigrant was convicted of the murder Tuesday and faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. His lawyers, who argued that someone else killed Cosby as he changed a tire on a dark roadside, plan to appeal.

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``We consider it money well spent,″ Jerry George, the Los Angeles bureau chief of the weekly tabloid, said of the reward. ``It took a killer off the streets and put him behind bars.″

So is a former friend of Markhasev. Shortly after the Jan. 16, 1997, shooting, he drove Markhasev and a friend to a flood control channel where they searched for the discarded gun used in the slaying. So testified that he heard Markhasev bragging: ``I shot a nigger. It’s all over the news.″

So said he plans to give part of his reward to the Ennis William Cosby Foundation for special education children.

Asked how he felt about Markhasev’s conviction, So said, ``He took somebody else’s life, somebody’s son. I have a kid too and if something happened to my kid I’d want somebody to come forward and do what I did.″