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A Strange Death, An NBA Star, And A Gun — What To Know Before ‘Accident, Suicide or Murder' Season 4
What really happened to a limo driver, Costas Christofi, who ended up dead at an ex-NBA star’s New Jersey mansion?
Sometimes the circumstances surrounding a death are clear-cut, and detectives have a direct path to solving the case. But not always.
Investigations can get twisted for many reasons, including cover-ups, deceptive witnesses, and unintentional errors. It’s a challenge to determine what really happened. These are exactly the kinds of cases explored on "Accident, Suicide or Murder,” which returns with new episodes on Saturday, November 26 at 8/7c on Oxygen.
Season 4 premieres with a mysterious 2002 shooting that left a limo driver dead at an ex-NBA All-Star’s home. Was it foul play, or a tragic mishap? Did the driver take his own life?
Before Season 4 arrives, we break down the case. Here’s what you need to know about this gripping true-crime story.
Costas “Gus” Christofi, 55, of Washington, New Jersey was a limousine driver. In addition to his work as a driver, Christofi worked with people dealing with substance abuse, according to lehighvalleylive.com.
He was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest in the early morning hours of February 14, 2002 in the mansion of former New Jersey Nets basketball star Jayson Williams, The New York Times reported in 2004. Christofi was found in Williams’ bedroom and pronounced dead at 3:28 a.m.
The fatal invitation
Williams, then 33, had hired a limousine to chauffeur him and his brother, Santiago, along with some friends and members of the Harlem Globetrotters home after a Globetrotters game at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Christofi drove them all to Williams’ 65-acre estate in Alexandria Township, where the high-profile athlete was known for entertaining celebrities. Christofi was invited to join them inside.
The killer collectible
During the evening, Williams invited his guests to take a look at this gun collection. One of the firearms he showed off was a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, according to the New York Post. Then, disaster struck.
In a recorded 911 call, Santiago Williams claimed that Christofi had shot himself.
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“This man has just got shot, he picked up a gun that was loaded and it shot him,” he said, the Associated Press reported.
But the story of the events of what happened changed. Was there a cover-up? Were the conflicting reports due to chaos following the shooting? What was the outcome of the investigation?
Find out the answers to all those questions and more on “Accident, Suicide or Murder,” premiering Saturday, November 26 at 8/7c on Oxygen.