Blayn Jiggetts, 20, and Jason Aquino, 23, were arraigned in Middlesex Superior District Court in Woburn yesterday and ordered held without bail.
Jiggetts is charged with first degree murder, accessory after the fact of murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
Aquino faces charges of accessory after the fact of armed robbery and carrying a firearm without a license—murder charges against Aquino were dropped Tuesday.
Jiggetts and Aquino have pleaded not guilty in connection with the murder.
Both men were previously held without bail in New York.
The third defendant, Jabrai J. Copney, 20, has been in custody in Massachusetts since May 21. He was indicted on June 26 by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on counts of first degree murder, accessory after the fact of murder, attempt to commit a crime, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm.
Cosby was shot in the basement of Kirkland House on May 18. Aquino, Copney, and Jiggetts—none of whom are Harvard students—allegedly planned to rob Cosby during an arranged meeting in the basement of Kirkland’s J-entryway.
Jiggetts pulled out a gun and a struggle ensued as Cosby tried to flee, according to the police investigation. Jiggetts handed the gun to Copney, who fired three shots, one of which hit and killed Cosby.
The three men took a bus from South Station to New York City later that evening.
Former Harvard students Brittany J. Smith and Chanequa N. Campbell, both originally members of the class of 2009, were linked to the murder but have not been charged criminally.
Neither student received a diploma last spring.
The investigation by the Harvard University Police, Cambridge Police, and the Massachusetts State Police is still ongoing.
Kirkland Shooting Suspect Jason Aquino Pleads Not Guilty to Murder ChargesJason Aquino, 23, one of the three men implicated in the May 2009 Kirkland House shooting, pled not guilty to charges of murder, armed robbery, and intimidation of a juror and was held without bail Tuesday.
Killing Suspects To Plead GuiltyBlayn Jiggetts and Jason Aquino—two of the three men implicated in the May 2009 Kirkland House shooting—have made an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for cooperating with the district attorney’s office.
Two Defendants To Face Trial in April; Two Likely To Plead GuiltyAs legal proceedings move forward against the four defendants charged with participating in the 2009 killing in the basement of Kirkland House, two defendants plan to plead guilty while the two others—the man who allegedly pulled the trigger and the Harvard student who is charged with aiding the murderers—are set to stand trial next month.
Accomplice in Kirkland Shooting Pleads Guilty to ManslaughterJason Aquino, one of the individuals charged in the killing of Justin Cosby in May 2009, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, armed robbery, and misleading a grand jury.
Kirkland Trial Day 7: Blayn Jiggetts Says It Wasn’t Worth ItBlayn Jiggetts—the defendant in the Kirkland shooting case who allegedly brought and loaded the gun that killed Justin Cosby—began his testimony yesterday in the trial of alleged shooter Jabrai Jordan Copney.
Mistrial Possible in Kirkland CaseDefense attorney John A. Amabile said in court yesterday that he sees potential grounds for a mistrial in the case of accused Kirkland shooter Jabrai Jordan Copney because of an alleged conversation that took place Tuesday between his client and a witness in the case.