*The man who shot Bill Cosby’s son Ennis in 1997 now says he’s praying for the comedian, as well as his family and all of the women who have accused him of sexual assault.
Mikhail Markhasev, a Ukrainian immigrant who shot and killed Ennis near an L.A. freeway in what investigators called a robbery attempt, wrote a letter to Radar Online in response to allegations raised in a new book that claims he was actually hired to take out Ennis on Cosby’s direction – all to prevent Ennis from revealing the comedian’s love child.
“Ennis’ only fault was in being in the path of a wicked idiot like myself,” Markhasev, 36, told Radar in his letter sent from the Corcoran State Prison in California.
“The senseless tragedy of his untimely death and the sacred sorrow experienced by his family is something that I hope you will never have to experience, and yet it happens daily in the world,” he wrote.
In an explosive tell-all book titled Cosby’s Love Child, author Jewel Star, the aunt of Cosby’s illegitimate daughter Autumn Jackson, described the supposed assassination plot. According to the book, Jackson told Star: “Cosby might have had Ennis murdered because he had found out about me!”
Two days after Ennis was found dead, Jackson was arrested for trying to extort $40 million from Cosby in exchange for her silence about her claims she was his out-of-wedlock child.
Also arrested in the plot were Jose “Yosi” Medina, the alleged ringleader, and a Russian named Boris Saban.
Markhasev was captured two months after the murder when The National Enquirer posted a $100,000 reward and one of his friends ratted him out. He is currently serving life in prison.
Markhasev wouldn’t answer if he was indeed part of an alleged plot to kill Ennis, but surprisingly expresses sympathy for Cosby…and his accusers.
“As for Mr. Cosby, he showed me much mercy which I didn’t deserve and I’m praying for him, for his family and all of the women,” he wrote in the prison letter.
Cosby stands accused of raping and drugging dozens of women over several decades. The 78-year-old has declared his innocence but still faces possible sex crime charges in California and Pennsylvania.