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Thursday
Apr192018

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg calls for boycott of investment firms with stakes in gun makers

Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- David Hogg, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who has become a nationally-known anti-gun violence advocate in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the school, has urged his more than 750,000 social media followers to boycott a pair of investment firms with indirect stakes in gun companies.

Hogg announced the boycott on Twitter, where he has established an influential activist presence following the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 people.

"Blackrock and Vanguard Group are two of the biggest investors in gun manufacturers," Hogg tweeted. "If you use them, feel free to let them know."

The tweet has received nearly 4,000 retweets.

Blackrock, a major hedge fund that indirectly owns shares in gun makers, had said in a previous statement following the Parkland shooting that it "will be engaging with weapons manufacturers and distributors to understand their response to recent events," and offers packages that allowed investors "to exclude from their portfolios weapons manufacturers or other companies that don’t align with their values."

The Vanguard Group offers a choice of investment packages excluding gun manufacturers, the fund said in a statement to ABC News.

"Vanguard is also meeting with the leaders of gun manufacturers and distributors," the fund said. "We want to know how they will mitigate the risks that their products pose and how they plan to help prevent such tragedies from happening again. We believe that boards and managements of gun manufacturers should disclose and reduce the risks associated with gun violence and the ongoing national debate on gun safety and control."

Hogg has previously proven effective at leveraging his growing social media presence to pressure major corporations into action. Two weeks ago, he launched a boycott of advertisers on Fox News host Laura Ingraham's show after comments she made mocking his college rejections.

The boycott campaign, conducted largely on Twitter, led Ingraham to lose a large swath of her advertisers -- many of which announced the decision by responding to Hogg's tweet. Ingraham took a week off from the show amid the backlash, before returning to condemn the efforts against her.

It's one of several of Hogg's activist efforts, in which he's been joined by other vocal Parkland students. The students spearheaded last month's nationwide protest against gun violence called the March for Our Lives, publicized town halls to pressure lawmakers over gun control reforms, and are working toward a national school walkout on Friday, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

However, in the 24 hours since Hogg pushed the boycott, it has thus far generated significantly less interest than his efforts following Ingraham's comment. #BoycottBlackrock and #BoycottVanguard have only been tweeted about 1,300 times, per the online data service Spredfast, a number that indicates muted interest.



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Thursday
Apr192018

Relative of victim killed by woman on alleged crime spree 'afraid' she'll kill again

Lee County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) -- The ex-stepdaughter of a Florida woman shot dead -- allegedly by a woman seeking to steal her identity -- said she was "in total shock" to learn what happened to her beloved family member.

Lois Riess, 56, is wanted for allegedly fatally shooting her husband in Minnesota and then killing and stealing the identity of 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in Florida.

With Riess still on the run, Hutchinson's former stepdaughter, Robin Barry, told ABC News she feels very nervous.

"I'm just afraid she's gonna get desperate," she said of Riess. "Because she might feel the need for another person's identification ... and hurt someone else, somebody else's family or loved one."

Barry said Hutchinson and her father had been married for 20 years. They divorced two years ago, she said, but "my dad never stopped loving her."

Barry was about 25 years old when Hutchinson came into her life, she said. She remembers Hutchinson "as a loving, caring, vibrant person," with a memorable laughter and smile.

"She was so good to my girls," Barry said of Hutchinson's relationship with her daughters, now ages 21 and 19.


Hutchinson had "been around since the day they were born," Barry said. "She was just fabulous and loved my girls to pieces."

Barry said Hutchinson had moved from Virginia to Florida a year ago after the divorce.

"She really liked doing a lot for charity work," Barry said. "Trying to make things better in the world."

After Riess allegedly killed her husband in Minnesota, she allegedly stole his money and then drove to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, authorities said. There, Riess met Hutchinson and then allegedly killed her and stole her ID, credit cards and car, said the Lee County, Florida, Sheriff's Office.

Barry said she's now constantly checking her phone "looking for an update, hoping she's been caught."

"I don't understand why somebody who's not a professional can evade the law for this amount of time," she said. "It's just mind-blowing."

After allegedly killing Hutchinson, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said Riess used her victim’s ID to withdraw $5,000. On April 6, Riess arrived at a Hilton hotel in the Ocala, Florida, area, where authorities claim she used a stolen credit card to pay for her room, the sheriff's office said.

Riess was later spotted in Louisiana and the Corpus Christi, Texas, area, but remains at large, the sheriff's office said.

She is expected to continue targeting other women who look like her to steal their identities, authorities said.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Mexican authorities and border patrol are on "full alert" that Lois Riess may try to get into Mexico.

Lois Riess is described as having brown eyes and light blonde hair. She is 5-foot-5 and weighs 165 pounds.



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Thursday
Apr192018

Navy sailor, 24, goes missing in Connecticut

Groton Police Department(NEW LONDON, Conn.) -- A United States Navy sailor has been reported missing in Connecticut after police say he left home and vanished.

Jacob Tyler, 24, was last seen leaving his home in Groton Tuesday morning, the Groton Police Department said Wednesday.

Taylor is an ensign serving aboard the submarine USS North Dakota homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News.

Police said he left his home on his blue 2014 Honda CBR motorcycle with Connecticut license plate 00KSVK.

The Navy is working closely with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local authorities in support the search, the Navy spokesperson added.

Tyler has blonde hair and blue eyes and stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs about 220 pounds, police said.

It's not known what he was wearing when he went missing, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Groton Town Police Department at (860) 441-6712.



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Thursday
Apr192018

FAA to order new engine inspections after fatal Southwest accident

Robert Alexander/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- In the next two weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration will order the inspection of at least 220 Boeing 737 engines following a deadly engine failure on a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday.

The FAA will determine precisely which engines, and their fan blades, need to be inspected before the long-debated action will become an official order. There are more than 13,000 of these engines in service made by CFM International, jointly run by General Electric and a French company.

This directive first came about after a 2016 incident, also on Southwest, which a source tells ABC News was similar to the latest deadly incident. In both cases, metal fatigue appears to have led to a blade breaking and being ejected forward out of the engine, the National Transportation Safety Board told reporters this week.

Southwest already announced it is starting an “accelerated inspection” of its fleet after the deadly failure, and other airlines have announced their own inspection plans. American Airlines said it started additional inspections of its 737s before Tuesday's accident, while the directive was being debated.

The two pilots of Tuesday's Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, Captain Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor, released a statement saying their "hearts are heavy."

“As captain and first officer of the crew of five who worked to serve our customers aboard Flight 1380 yesterday, we all feel we were simply doing our jobs. Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss. We joined our company today in focused work and interviews with investigators. We are not conducting media interviews and we ask that the public and the media respect our focus.”

The NTSB investigation is expected to take 12 to 15 months.



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Thursday
Apr192018

No one will be criminally charged for Prince's drug overdose, prosecutors say

Richard E. Aaron/Redferns(ST. PAUL, Minn.) --  No criminal charges will be brought in the accidental drug overdose death of Prince, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.

Prosecutors also announced that Michael T. Schulenberg, the Minnesota doctor who prescribed an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician’s death in 2016, has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle civil charges that he wrote an illegal prescription.

Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told reporters Thursday that Prince thought he was taking Vicodin to manage pain but unknowingly took counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.

"Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him," Metz said.

Despite "intensive” investigation, Metz said law enforcement was unable to determine who provided the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl that killed Prince.

Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg, who denies any liability, violated the Controlled Substances Act when he illegally wrote a prescription for Prince in someone else’s name, federal prosecutors said Thursday in official settlement documents obtained by ABC News.

“Dr. Schulenberg prescribed Schedule 2 controlled substances in the name of an individual knowing that the controlled substances were intended to be used by another individual,” U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker said. “As licensed professionals, doctors are held to a high level of accountability in their prescribing practices, especially when it comes to highly addictive painkillers.”

Schulenberg agreed to settle the civil charges by paying $30,000 and submitting to monitoring by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“As Minnesota and the nation struggle in the throes of an opioid crisis, the Drug Enforcement Administration will always strive to ensure that those responsible will be held accountable, no matter what their position may be,” DEA Minneapolis-St. Paul Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Solek said.

The settlement is "neither an admission of facts nor liability by Dr. Schulenberg,” court records said. Prosecutors also affirmed in a separate letter to Schulenberg’s attorneys that the doctor is not a target of a federal criminal investigation.

“Dr. Schulenberg decided to settle with the United States regarding alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay and unknown outcome of litigation. He made no admission of facts nor liability and denies any such liability. The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry, and there have been no allegations made by the government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death,” Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy Conners, said in a statement to ABC News. “After he learned of Prince’s addiction, he immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist.”

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Thursday
Apr192018

Woman allegedly paid dark web company in bitcoin to kill lover's wife, prosecutors say

DuPage County State’s Attorney's Office(WOODRIDGE, Ill.) -- An Illinois woman is suspected of moving through the shadows of the dark web to carry out a sinister murder-for-hire plot, even using cryptocurrency to mask her identity.

Tina Jones, 31, of Des Plaines, Illinois, allegedly paid a dark web company more than $10,000 via bitcoin in January to have the wife of the man she was having an affair with killed, the DuPage County State’s Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Police in Woodridge, Illinois, "received a tip that a woman in Woodridge was the subject of an alleged murder-for-hire plot" on April 12, the state’s attorney's office said.

The tip led to Jones' arrest, after she turned herself in on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Jones has been charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire.

She appeared at a hearing Wednesday, where bond was set at $250,000, and is set to appear in court next on May 15.

ABC News has reached out to her attorney for comment.

"In recent years, law enforcement has seen a dramatic increase in the use of the dark web as it relates to criminal activity," Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham said in a statement.

The dark web is a collection of internet sites that are hidden from search engines and require special software to access. The sites are usually encrypted, and users can remain more anonymous, including those who may be engaged in criminal activity.

He called this case "a great example of how increased training, shared resources and interagency cooperation helped protect one of our residents."

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Thursday
Apr192018

Father of slain children 'hugged every' juror he could after guilty verdict in nanny trial

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a jury found a New York City nanny guilty of murdering two young children in her care, the slain kids' father said he hugged as many jurors as he could.

Yoselyn Ortega had worked for Marina and Kevin Krim for two years when she killed Lulu Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, on Oct. 25, 2012. Marina Krim came home that day with her then-3-year-old daughter and opened her bathroom door to find "the bloodied, lifeless bodies of her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son," Assistant District Attorney Courtney Groves said.

Ortega was found guilty Wednesday on two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder.

"These jurors went through hell," Kevin Krim wrote on Facebook hours after the verdict. "I hugged every one of them I could."

One juror, David Curtis, told reporters after the verdict Wednesday, "It was not a decision we reached lightly or easily."

"There was some raised voices and a lot of tears," Curtis said, visibly emotional. "But I think we all feel good that we addressed all of these issues and fairly weighed everything that was presented to us."

Kevin Krim added on Facebook, "This process has been very challenging for us, but it has also reaffirmed our love of New York -- a city that Lulu and Leo loved dearly. We got through this trial because of our family, our friends, our fellow New Yorkers and the loving memory of Lulu and Leo’s lives."

In the wake of the tragedy, the Krims founded The Lulu & Leo Fund and Choose Creativity, an organization that offers parents and schools a creativity curriculum based on 10 principles of creativity "that can help anyone thrive and build resiliency in all facets of their lives," according to its website.

"Marina and I believe that creativity is a positive act of defiance in the face of the destructive forces of violence and negativity. We want to respond with constructive energy," Kevin Krim said in his Facebook post last night. "We believe that the '10 Principles of Creativity' can help children across this city and this country build the social-emotional skills and resilience to thrive no matter what the world throws at them."

Kevin Krim also spoke of his family's push to make it a crime to falsify job applications and references for someone working in child care.

"Parents and caregivers should be protected from people who would harm them with their evil and lies," he said. "Every child deserves a caregiver who is honest and responsible. And no one should think they can lie when it comes to the care and safety of our children."

Ortega had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Her defense attorney, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, argued she was "suffering from severe psychosis" and "dissociation" at the time of the killings.

Ortega is set to be sentenced May 14.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Columbine principal reflects on 'worst nightmare' 19 years after shooting

ABC News(LITTLETON, Colo.) -- "No one ever believed it would happen at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. But hopefully people across the nation, across the state will realize that it can happen in their school."

Those were the chilling words that then-Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis told ABC News just days after the April 20, 1999, massacre, when two students opened fire at the school, killing 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves.

Since then, however, countless school shootings have unfolded, including the deadly massacre in Parkland, Florida, in February and a shooting at a Maryland high school in March of this year.

Now, approaching the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting, DeAngelis is reflecting on the tragic day that changed him and what his message is for the high schoolers leading the new push for gun reform.

'My worst nightmare became a reality'

April 20, 1999, was a "beautiful spring day," 70 degrees with blue skies, DeAngelis said.

He said he was in his office when "my secretary comes running in and says there's a report of gunfire."

DeAngelis said his first reaction was a senior prank; an actual shooting "can't be happening at Columbine."

"As I ran out of my office, my worst nightmare became a reality," DeAngelis said. "I saw a gunman coming toward me. I visibly remember what he was wearing, with the baseball cap turned backward and white T-shirt, black vest. I remember the gun -- a long gun."

At that moment, a group of at least 20 girls were coming out of a locker room to head to gym class.

"They were right in the middle of the crossfire, so I ran down to them. We went down a side hallway to get away from the gunman," he said. "As I approached the gymnasium -- the door was locked. So the girls were in a state of panic."

DeAngelis said he reached into his pocket and pulled out his key ring with 35 keys -- miraculously, for the first time, he happened to pick the right key that opened the door on the first try.

He went outside and saw officers arriving, so he came back in to help usher that group of girls to safety. DeAngelis said he wanted to go back into the building to help others, but "at that time they really secured the building -- they wouldn't allow anyone to go in until SWAT got there. Which was really frustrating, I think, for the first responding officers, because the protocol was to secure the perimeter."

That night, it fell to DeAngelis and a grief counselor to tell waiting parents that "there's a good chance their kids lost their lives in school that day, which was one of the most devastating things I've ever had to do."

'I needed Columbine probably more than it needed me'

That night, as DeAngelis tried to think of what he was going to say to the community the next day, "I was really questioning my faith a little bit, saying, 'How could this possibly happen?"

Days later, a local church leader told him he survived for a reason and that he should focus on rebuilding the community, which he said "was so important putting things into perspective for me spiritually."

As he forged along on his quest to rebuild, he said he initially promised to stay on as principal until the students who were freshmen during the shooting graduated in 2002.

"But I kept thinking, I didn't build that community back up where it needed to be," DeAngelis said, so then he decided to "stay until every kid who was in elementary school in the Columbine area" at the time of the shooting graduated from high school. "And that took me through 2012," he said.

He said he was getting ready to retire when a parent asked him to stay, telling him her child was in preschool at the time of the shooting.

"I stayed until 2014, which would have been 15 years after the tragedy," he said. "So all the kids that were in elementary school had graduated, and we had kids that were now coming to Columbine that weren't even born yet when the tragedy happened."

After 18 years as principal, he retired in 2014, after he felt he had done his duty to heal the community.

But, DeAngelis added, in those years, "I needed Columbine probably more than it needed me."

Banding together

But Columbine was not an anomaly. In the 19 years that have followed, from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook, school shootings have continued to kill students and staff inside American elementary schools, high schools and universities.

For DeAngelis, these shootings create an unfortunate bond with school leaders across the country.

Just this year, DeAngelis has been in touch with the leaders of high schools in Kentucky, Maryland and Florida, all where students were gunned down.

With the principal of Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff were killed in February, he said he's discussed what issues the school may face in the short term and long term. How do you handle returning to school for the first time? And prom? And graduation? How do you help the seniors getting ready to leave? What can you do for the new group of freshmen coming in next year?

In the midst of their grief, the student survivors of the Stoneman Douglas massacre have banded together and inspired a new student-led push for gun reform, with nationwide events such as school walkouts and the March for Our Lives rallies.

Current Columbine students, who weren't born at the time of the massacre, were among those participating in the nationwide walkout on March 14.

The next nationwide walkout is this Friday, on the Columbine anniversary. Organized by high school students in Connecticut, more than 2,000 events are registered across the country.

DeAngelis said he encourages the massive student-led movements, but he said more needs to be done.

He said he wants tougher gun laws, but he stressed that other "pieces of the puzzle" must also be addressed, such as mental health, the impact of social media and parent involvement.

"The way that you change some of the laws, you need to change the officials," he said, encouraging young people to study policies and platforms -- and to vote.

For now, though, DeAngelis is still hopeful people will heed his words to ABC News immediately in the wake of the Columbine massacre.

"It could happen in any school in this state or any school in this nation," he said then. "No one is immune from a disaster like this happening. And I hope people will learn from it."

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Thursday
Apr192018

Suspended Syracuse frat apologizes for racist video

Google Maps(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- 

The latest fraternity to be suspended by Syracuse University issued a formal apology late Thursday in which it acknowledged the production of a racist video that was intended as a spoof.

"It's with profound embarrassment and disappointment in ourselves that we find our fraternity in this situation," the statement from Theta Tau read, in part. "Anyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has every right to be angry and upset with the despicable contents of that video."

Each year, according to the statement, the fraternity asks new members to roast older members, and "one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character. It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch. ... None of the satire was said or done in malice."

The frat also said: "We cannot apologize enough for the pain, sadness and fear that this has caused. Our heart breaks when we see the protests and Hendricks Chapel congregations when we see the pain that our brothers have caused."

Theta Tau became the fourth fraternity to be suspended by the university this academic year, according the school's independent newspaper, The Daily Orange. Syracuse suspended Sigma Alpha Mu last week following a months-long investigation into hazing.

The video -- made public by The Daily Orange on Wednesday -- showed members of the engineering fraternity using racist, ethnic, sexist slurs, and other offensive language, while pretending to perform sexual acts on each other.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud called the students' conduct in the footage "extremely troubling and disturbing" in a statement released Wednesday.

"Videos showing this offensive behavior have surfaced online. They include words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities," Syverud said. "The conduct is deeply harmful and contrary to the values and community standards we expect of our students. There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs."

Syracuse University's Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities suspended the fraternity after confirming Theta Tau’s involvement, according to the statement.

The university’s Department of Public Safety was investigating the incident and looking to "identify individuals involved and to take additional legal and disciplinary action," Syverud said.

The university hasn't released the footage, citing the ongoing investigation, but part of the video still was available on The Daily Orange's website as of early Friday.

It was originally posted to a secret Facebook group called "Tau of Theta Tau," according The Daily Orange.

Many students held on-campus protests on Wednesday, marching near the chancellor's home with signs and chanting for the video to be released.

The demonstrators, including some who marched for more than three hours, pointed to the footage as an example of systemic racism and sexism at Syracuse University, according to local news reports.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Bill Cosby defense witness stumbles in explaining discrepancies in testimony

Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) -- The star witness for Bill Cosby's legal team was undermined during cross-examination on Wednesday when she conceded that her testimony differed from previous statements she gave defense attorneys, and said she and one of the comedian's lawyers "kind of created it together."

Shortly after the prosecution rested its case in the retrial of the 80-year-old Cosby on sexual assault charges, Marguerite "Margo" Jackson took the witness stand for the defense.

In his opening argument, lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau told the Montgomery County jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania, that Jackson would bolster his contention that Cosby's main accuser, Andrea Constand, is a "con artist" who set up a "lonely man" with false accusations of being drugged and assaulted.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in early 2004. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury couldn't reach a verdict.

The married Cosby has adamantly denied ever drugging or molesting anyone, and has said his relationship with Constand was consensual.

Constand settled a civil case against Cosby in 2005 for $3.38 million, but the man known once as "America's dad" did not admit wrongdoing in the case.

During direct questioning from Cosby's attorney on Wednesday, Jackson recalled a conversation she had in 2004, in which she said Constand allegedly mused about framing an unnamed celebrity for money.

Jackson is a veteran Temple University employee and was an academic adviser to the school's women's basketball team when Constand was the team's director of operations.

She said she and Constand roomed together when the basketball team was playing on the road.

Jackson recalled that she and Constand were sharing a room at a Rhode Island hotel on Feb. 1, 2004, when a TV news report came on about a "high-profile celebrity essentially assaulting women." She said Constand told her "something similar had happened to her."

Jackson said she replied, "Really? Who and when?" She said she asked Constand whether she had reported the alleged assault.

"She said 'No,'" Jackson testified. "I said, 'Why?' She was, like, 'Because I couldn’t prove it.'"

Jackson said she pressed Constand about the assault, saying, "I wouldn’t care who it was. I would report it. Why didn't you report it?"

She said Constand, 44, allegedly replied, "Because it's a high-profile figure, and you can't fight that."

"This is a civil case," Jackson said she told Constand. "It's about money. Money is a great motivator."

Jackson said she asked Constand again whether the assault actually happened, to which Constand allegedly responded, "I could say it did. I could say it happened, get that money. I could quit my job and go back to school. I could open up a business."

But under cross-examination, Jackson was grilled by Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan about why her testimony differed in key areas from a statement she provided Cosby's previous defense team in 2016 and one she gave Cosby's new lawyers in January.

In one discrepancy, Jackson testified Wednesday that her conversation with Constand occurred during one of “probably two or three times” the pair roomed together during Temple basketball away games. In her earlier statements, she said the pair roomed together six times.

Constand testified on Monday that she barely knew Jackson and never roomed with her, but rather had her own hotel room during away games.

There was no mention in Jackson's 2016 statement about Constand allegedly claiming to be unable to prove the assault allegations in court, and Jackson said at the time that she could not recall the year of the alleged conversation. In the second statement she gave Cosby's defense team earlier this year, there was no reference to a date or year of the alleged conversation.

Ryan pointed out yet another difference between her testimony and her earlier statements to the defense.

"You add that it's your memory now that Ms. Constand didn't report it because it was a high-profile person and because she couldn't prove it?" Ryan asked her. "That's new -- that she said she couldn’t prove it?"

"Correct," a sullen Jackson replied.

When asked by Ryan who decided to add that, Jackson said one of Cosby's attorneys, Kathleen Bliss, worked closely with her.

“We sat down and reviewed the statement, and she just broke it down and made it specific," Jackson testified. "We kind of created it together. She wanted to break it down more."

Asked whose decision it was to use quotation marks around crucial parts of what Constand told her in the hotel room where there were none in the first statement, Jackson said "Kathleen put the quotation marks in."

Jackson was not allowed to testify in Cosby's first trial because a judge ruled her initial statement submitted to the court by Cosby's first legal team as hearsay. But the judge changed course this time around and allowed her to testify for the defense.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. Cosby has denied all the allegations against him.

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