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Former NBA Star Jayson Williams to Remain Free on Bail

23/6/2009
Retired NBA star Jayson Williams is set to remain free on bail after a New Jersey judge rejected prosecutors’ request to send him to jail for a crime dating back over seven years ago.

Williams had originally got in trouble with the police during the spring of 2002 after he shot and killed 55-year-old limousine driver Costas “Gus” Christofi while messing around with a shotgun.

Although the courts at the time acquitted him of some of the more serious charges, they remained deadlocked on a count of reckless manslaughter pending a retrial and also convicted him on four counts of trying to cover up the shooting.

The former New Jersey Jets forward has also had two run-ins with the NYPD this year, most recently when he punched a man in the face in a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina and was subsequently charged with simple assault.

That incident prompted prosecutors to ask State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman to reconsider the sentencing delay, but he dismissed the request after pointing out that Williams had not been convicted of anything following his previous trial and continued to appear in court as required.

Judge Coleman also denied prosecutors’ to increase Williams’ bail from the original $250,000.
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