Bill Cosby lost his son, Ennis Cosby, to first-degree murder during a failed robbery near Interstate 405 in Los Angeles in January of 1997. Ennis was shot to death by 18-year-old Mikhail Markhasev. With no initial leads, the National Enquirer offered a $100,000 reward. Eager to receive the money, one of Markhasev’s associates offered information to the tabloid, which ultimately led to his arrest two months later. Markhasev was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.

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The women have reportedly agreed to take the stand to speak out against Cosby if permitted.

Rachaell Davis
Dec, 14, 2016

Nearly 60 women have come forward to accuse veteran comedic actor Bill Cosby of sexual assault throughout the course of his Hollywood career. Now, the prosecutors pursuing justice for the women are pushing for their voices to be heard in court.

Emotions ran high during Tuesday's sexual assault hearing as attorneys on both sides had several outbursts throughout the course of the day, according to NBC News. The hearing is of particular importance, as it's being held to determine whether or not 13 of the accusers should be permitted to testify during Cosby's upcoming 2017 trial.

Defense attorneys argue that the women's motives and memories connected to the alleged assaults are questionable, while prosecutors believe the women's testimonies will demonstrate Cosby's long-running pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior.

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The 13 women were selected because their accounts of encounters with Cosby are similar to that of Andrea Constand, the woman at the center of Cosby's upcoming criminal trial. The comedian is charged with sexually attacking Constand in his Pennsylvania home back in 2005.

The women reportedly agreed to take the stand during trial if permitted by the judge. Trial proceedings are set to begin in the summer of 2017.