Ex-Harvard student indicted in dorm shooting death

Brittany Smith is accused of being an accessory to a campus murder allegedly committed by her boyfriend


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Denise Lavoie
March 16, 2010 9:46PM (UTC)

A former Harvard University student was indicted Tuesday on accessory and firearms charges in a 2009 shooting death inside a dormitory.

Brittany Smith, 22, of New York City, was the girlfriend of Jabrai Jordan Copney, one of three men charged in connection with the killing of 21-year-old Justin Cosby. Cosby lived a few blocks from the Ivy League campus but was not a Harvard student.

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Prosecutors allege the three men -- all from New York City and none of them Harvard students -- shot Cosby in a Harvard dorm during a robbery attempt during a deal to buy marijuana from him.

Smith is accused of giving the men her Harvard electronic key card to enter the building where the shooting occurred, hiding the gun under a friend's dorm bed and lying to police. She was indicted on charges of accessory after the fact of murder, illegal possession of a firearm and willfully misleading a grand jury and police.

Smith's lawyer did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Copney and Blayn Jiggetts are charged with first-degree murder and other counts in Cosby's death. Jason Aquino is charged with being an accessory after the fact of armed robbery and carrying a firearm without a license. All three have pleaded not guilty.


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