Jason Steinhardt

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Killer confesses to GW murder

Police arrested a Massachusetts man Tuesday afternoon in connection with the murder of GW student Jonathan Rizzo and two other unrelated killings. Gary L. Sampson, 41, confessed to stabbing Rizzo to death after turning himself in to police during a failed house burglary. Police said Rizzo had stopped on the side of the road Friday […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cosby testifies to owning two guns

GW basketball player Attila Cosby said in testimony Wednesday he might have misled police and lawyers to believe he did not own a gun last year because there was none in his possession. In direct examination Cosby said he bought two guns, in 1999 and 2000, but gave them away to his mother and girlfriend’s […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Judge to rule on Cosby case Tuesday

Judge Neal E. Kravitz will decide GW basketball player Attila Cosby’s fate on nine misdemeanor counts Tuesday. Cosby faces a maximum of four-and-a-half years in prison if convicted of all charges. Attorneys completed closing arguments Thursday, after three weeks of testimony from family members, experts and other witnesses. The trial, which began June 25, has […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cosby convicted of seven charges

GW basketball player Attila Cosby Tuesday was convicted of seven misdemeanor charges stemming from a May 2000 incident with an alleged prostitute. Judge Neal E. Kravitz convicted Cosby of all charges but two — one charge of sexual abuse and a theft charge. Cosby was taken into custody and will be held without bond until […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Judge jails Cosby until sentence hearing

A D.C. Superior court judge Tuesday convicted GW basketball player Attila Cosby of seven misdemeanor charges for sexually assaulting an alleged prostitute with a broomstick at gunpoint in May 2000. Cosby was led from the court in handcuffs by U.S. marshals and will be held without bond until his sentencing hearing Sept. 10. He faces […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: GW student reported missing

A GW student has been reported missing in Massachusetts after police found his car in another state Tuesday. The student, sophomore Jon Rizzo, was last seen at his job Friday, friends said. Rizzo, a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, finished his shift at the Weathervane Restaurant in Plymouth, Mass., and drove to pick up […]

Cosby trial enters third week

The woman who accuses GW basketball player Attila Cosby of sexually assaulting her in his residence hall room made her case in court June 29 after failing to show during Cosby’s first trial last summer. The complainant, a 47-year-old alleged prostitute, testified that Cosby enticed her back to his Guthridge Hall room by offering drugs […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: GW suspends Cosby pending hearing

GW officials announced Tuesday that GW basketball player Attila Cosby has been suspended from the University, following his conviction on seven misdemeanor counts in D.C. Superior Court. “Following standard University procedure, Attila Cosby has been suspended as a student pending a review of new information disclosed during his trial and now a matter of public […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cosby’s godmother defends knowledge of case

GW basketball player Attila Cosby’s godmother testified in his defense Tuesday that she did not act improperly by looking through records of alleged sexual assault victims obtained from Metropolitan Police. Cosby is scheduled to testify when the case continues Thursday. Geneva Couser, Attila Cosby’s godmother and a 27-year MPD veteran, said she reviewed MPD index […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cosby testifies that he made a mistake

Personal weakness caused Attila Cosby to pick up a crack cocaine user last summer before driving her back to his residence hall room, the GW basketball player testified Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. “I was curious, weak or whatever,” Cosby said in his defense, adding that his girlfriend Lisa Couser was nine months pregnant when […]