Williams Indicted in Chauffeur's Death

Posted on May 1, 2002 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury on charges including aggravated and reckless manslaughter in the shooting death of chauffeur Costas Christofi, at Williams? home in Alexandria Township.

Williams was also charged with hindering apprehension, witness tampering, evidence tampering, fabricating evidence, and aggravated assault in the indictment. A friend of Williams, John Gordnick, was indicted for hindering apprehension and evidence tampering.

Prosecutors say Williams was recklessly handling his 12-gauge shotgun and that he and two friends, Kent Culuko and Gordnick, tried to make the shooting look like a suicide.

In a deal with prosecutors last week, Culuko, 29, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and witnesses and agreed to testify against Williams and Gordnick, 44.

The indictment comes more than two months after Williams, 34, was charged by prosecutors with manslaughter in the Feb. 14 death of. Christofi, 55, was apparently invited on a tour of Williams? mansion after picking up some of Williams? friends at a Harlem Globetrotters game in Bethlehem, Pa.

Williams appeared in court on the charges in March. He did not enter a plea and was not required to do so until a grand jury indictment. He remains free on $270,000 bail and could get more than 24 years in prison.

A date for an arraignment had not been immediately scheduled.

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