Reports: Jayson Williams in hospital
Former NBA player Jayson Williams has been hospitalized in New York for evaluation after authorities responded to a report of a violent, suicidal man refusing to leave his hotel room, the New York Post and WABC-TV are reporting.
In the spring of 2002, he was tried on charges of gunning down 55-year-old limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi at his estate in Alexandria Township, New Jersey on February 14, 2002. Christofi had been hired to drive Williams's NBA charity team from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania charity event to the mansion, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Trenton, New Jersey. Members of Jayson's NBA charity basketball team present at the scene were Kent Culuko, former college basketball standout from James Madison University and members of Harlem Globetrotters as well as couple other less known individuals who allegedly assisted Jayson in covering up evidence. Published reports have said Williams was playing with a shotgun while giving a tour of his 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) home when the weapon fired, killing Christofi. At the time of Christofi's death, Williams was working as a studio analyst for The NBA on NBC from which he was consequently fired due to morality clause in his contract.
That April, he was acquitted of the most serious charges against him, but the jury deadlocked on a charge of reckless manslaughter, and he currently faces a retrial on that charge. He also faces trial on four charges related to his alleged attempts to cover up the circumstances of the driver's death. In January 2003, the family of Costas "Gus" Christofi settled with Williams in a wrongful death lawsuit for $2.75 million.
On April 21, 2006, an appeals court ruled that Williams can be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from the shooting death of Christofi.
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