Kirkland Shooting


Attorneys Trade Arguments in Cosby Civil Suit Hearing

As a judge heard arguments for the first time relating to B. Denise Cosby’s wrongful death lawsuit against Harvard for the 2009 murder of her son in Kirkland House, lawyers for Harvard said that the University cannot be held responsible for the drug deal gone wrong, and the suit should be dismissed.


Harvard Seeks To Dismiss Cosby Civil Suit

Facing a lawsuit faulting the University and Lowell House administrators for the death of a 21-year-old man on Harvard’s campus in 2009, Harvard said in a legal filing last week that it cannot be blamed for the death of a non-student drug dealer who was killed during a transaction in Kirkland House.


Kirkland Shooting Victim's Mother Sues Harvard

The mother of a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in a Harvard dormitory three years ago claims that Harvard’s negligence in allowing a drug dealer to live in Lowell for months led to the wrongful death of her son.


Last Kirkland Shooting Defendant Sentenced To 9 to 12 Years

Blayn Jiggetts, one of three men found guilty of the murder that took place in a Harvard dormitory two years ago, was sentenced to 9 to 12 years in prison.


Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith confirms her guilty plea on Friday for her role in the May 2009 killing of a Cambridge drug dealer Justin Cosby in Kirkland House. Smith was sentenced to three years in prison plus two years of probation.


Ex-Harvard Student Brittany Smith Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith pleaded guilty Friday to five of the six counts related to the 2009 shooting in Kirkland House and was sentenced to three years in prison.


Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith appears in court with her attorney John P. Osler during the first part of a negotiation hearing on Aug. 15. The hearing to determine what her sentence might be if she were to plead guilty and not stand trial was continued on Monday.


Change of Plea Hearing Scheduled for Brittany Smith

A change of plea hearing has been set for Sept. 30 in the case of Brittany J. Smith—the former Harvard student charged as an accessory in the May 2009 killing of a Cambridge drug dealer.


Motion to Dismiss Charges Denied in Brittany Smith Case

A judge has denied Brittany J. Smith’s motion to dismiss charges for her involvement in the May 2009 shooting in Kirkland House.


Illustration of the courtroom during the Copney trial for the murder of Justin Cosby.


Aquino Sentenced to 18 to 20 Years in Prison For Role in Kirkland Shooting

Jason F. Aquino, one of three men implicated in the fatal 2009 shooting of Cambridge resident Justin Cosby in the basement of Kirkland House, was sentenced Monday to 18 to 20 years in prison.


Convicted Felon in Kirkland Shooting Was Aspiring Songwriter

Jabrai Jordan Copney—who was recently convicted of first-degree murder in the May 2009 Kirkland House shooting—was an aspring songwriter while growing up in New York City. He attended the Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts and chose not to go to college in order to pursue a career in music, according to his trial attorney John A. Amabile.


Jabrai Jordan Copney Gets Life in Prison for Shooting at Harvard's Kirkland House

Jabrai Jordan Copney has been found guilty of murdering Justin Cosby in the basement of Kirkland House and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Copney Awaits Jury's Verdict as Kirkland Shooting Trial Ends

The closing arguments in the Kirkland murder trial yesterday were characterized by sharply different versions of the same story as the defense blamed the shooting on another man, calling him a “homicidal maniac,” and the state responded by likening that claim to “fantasy.”


Final Witnesses Called in Kirkland Shooting Trial

WOBURN, Mass.—A chemical expert and a DNA analyst were called to the stand yesterday as the final witnesses in the trial of Jabrai Jordan Copney—the alleged shooter in the May 2009 slaying of Cambridge resident Justin Cosby that took place in Kirkland House.


Kirkland Shooting Prosecutors Were Harvard Roommates

Daniel J. Bennett ’85 and Gerard T. Leone ’85 were roommates in Kirkland House in 1983. Twenty-eight years later, they are prosecutors in the high-profile murder case of a shooting that took place in the basement of that same House.


Defense Questions Jiggetts' Testimony

As the second week of the trial of alleged Kirkland shooter Jabrai Jordan Copney came to a close, an alleged cooperator in the crime was grilled on the witness stand by the defense.


Kirkland Trial Day 9: Murder Investigation Continues

Both sides in the Kirkland shooting trial agreed in court yesterday not to bring up a conversation that allegedly took place between co-defendants Jabrai Jordan Copney and Blayn Jiggetts while the two were being transported from the courthouse to jail Tuesday afternoon.


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