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tonight, bill cosby found guilty. and cosby's outburst in court. the expletive. what he shouted at the d.a. the comedian committed of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. others breaks down in court. could cosby spend the rest of his life in pricen. president trump live on tv, saying michael cohen represented him in the stormy daniels ordeal. we have breaking news about the former police officer who authorities say murdered 12 people and raped at least 40. now, they reveal how they caught him. the messages he would later
leave for his alleged victims. the refinery explosion. mandatory evacuations. the deputy shot and killed. tonight, the reward. and just hours before the nfl draft, the offensive tweets that just surfaced. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a thursday night and we begin with bill cosby, found guilty. the actor and comedian once known as america's dad found guilty of all charges today, his head down, taking deep breaths after the verktd. he was accused of drugging and assaulting a woman in his home. prosecutors were allowed to have five other women testify. many breaking down after the verdict. tonight, could kogsby spend thes
rest of his life behind bars? abc's linsey davis was in the courtroom. >> reporter: the man once dubbed america's dad, found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. a jury of 12 deciding unanimously that the 80-year-old comedian drugged and sexually assaulted andrea constand at his pennsylvania home in 2004. constand, with a huge smile, hugging supporters and other accusers, over come by tears, embracing each other. as he was escorted out of the courthouse, cosby raised his cane in response to supporters. while others jeered, one person shouting "rapist." >> you're a pervert, don't wave to us! >> reporter: his lawyers vow to appeal. >> we are very disappointed by the verdict. we don't think mr. cosby's guilty of anything, and the fight is not over. >> reporter: but for more than 60 cosby accusers,
victoria valentino, one of the more than 60 cosby accusers, today was all about justice. >> you could feel the electricity in the air, and when they said verdict. >> guilty. >> oh my god, unbelievable, unbelievable. >> reporter: lili bernard, another cosby accuser, has been in court every single day for the retrial and his first trial last spring. >> i looked at that jury, there's this one young one black man on that jury who i looked upon as my son and i know the disappointment that he felt in looking at a beloved black male iconic father figure and being able to yet render a guilty verdict. i thank him. >> reporter: it was a bombshell verdict from seven men and five women. upon hearing the first guilty announced, cosby put his head down. and by the time of the second and third guilty his entire upper body folded on top of itself. several people gasped while three cosby accusers sobbed, and were ultimately escorted out of the courtroom. cosby later lashed out, cursing and saying he should get on a
plane. cosby saying he doesn't have a plane, you expletive. a total of six testified in this trial. just this week, his wife of 54 years, camille, right at his sidewalking into court. just as he was in the 2015 interview with the associated press where he refused to answer questions. >> i don't talk about it. >> reporter: the comedian loved and adored by so many as dr. huxtable, fat albert and the face of jell-o pudding, a convicted felon tonight who will have to now register as a sex offender. >> linsey davis with us tonight. when do we expect bill cosby to be sentenced? >> sentencing in the next 60 to
90 days and the judge told cosby he is not to leave the county. he has handed over his passport. >> linsey, thank you. and dan abrams with us. what about prison time, could he spend the rest of his life behind bafrs. >> we are talking b about in theory, 30 years, and they will be considered one incident, concurrent. the defense will ask for no jail time. the prosecutors will ask for ten years. >> they will appeal. >> they will say the five additional accusers allowed to testify in the case never should have been allowed to testify. >> thanks to you tonight. and an outburst tonight v today on live tv. president trump calling in to fox and friends and lashing ode today, admitteds for the first time that his friend attorney michael cohen did represent him
in the crazy stormy daniels ordeal. using the president's own words in court. here is abc's cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: president trump on the phone with fox and friends. >> thank you so much for being with us, mr. president. >> good morning. >> reporter: sounding like a man who needed to vent. and for 29 minutes, that is exactly what he did. today, for the first time, he acknowledged his personal attorney and fixer michael cohen represented him in the stormy daniels matter. >> he represents me like with this crazy stormy daniels deal, he represented me. and you know, from what i see, he did absolutely nothing wrong. there were no campaign funds going into this. >> reporter: just three weeks ago, the president said he knew nothing about cohen's $130,000 hush payment to the porn star. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. >> reporter: today, the president also distanced himself from cohen. now under criminal investigation, his apartment,
hotel and office raided by the fbi. >> i would say probably the big thing is his business and they're looking something having to do with his business. i have nothing to do with his business i can tell you. he is a good guy. >> but isn't his business your attorney, mr. president? >> just so you understand, i have many attorneys. i have attorneys. sadly i have so many attorneys you wouldn't even believe it. >> reporter: in court today, a prosecutor jumped on that comment, saying if cohen barely represents the president, then attorney-client privilege should not be a kbig part of the case. the president also using the fox phone call to once again blast his own justice department. >> you look at the corruption at the top of the fbi, it's a disgrace. and our justice department, which i try and stay away from, but at some point i won't. >> reporter: and he railed against his fired fbi director. contradicting james comey's memos which said the president did not spend the night in moscow for a miss universe pageant.
>> i went to russia a day or so a day or two, because i own the miss universe pageant. he said i didn't stayed there a night. of course i stayed there. i stayed there a very short period of time. but of course i stayed. his memo said i left immediately. i never said that. >> reporter: among the other topics he wanted to get off his chest, the first lady's job well done on this week's state dinner. but then, on her birthday, this admission. >> maybe i didn't get her so much. i'll tell you what, she has done -- i got her a beautiful card. you know, i'm very busy to be running out looking for presents, okay. i got her a beautiful card, some beautiful flowers. >> reporter: he had a lot to say. so much, that the fox and friends hosts had a tough time getting him to stop talking. >> we could talk all day but looks like you have a million things to do. >> you could. >> we hope you join us again, mr. president. >> thank you so much. >> cecilia vega live with us. michael cohen, he and the president are trying to protect
what was seized by the fbi. the judge delivering a major decision today. >> the judge apoimpbted a magser, a special master, an independent lawyer who will pore over the items collected. he is will determine if anything is attorney-client privilege. a small victory. >> good to have you back with us. we have a development in the case of the former police officer under awest. officials believe he committed more than 12 murders and 40 rapes. tonight, they reveal how they caught him all the years later. and the audio. you will hear the phone messages he could leave his victims after the attacks. tonight is tim johnson. >> reporter: tonight, investigators building their case against the suspected golden state killer -- searching the home of 72-year-old joseph james deangelo for items stolen from the victims. >> we may be able to connect
some of the burglaries that are really just linked to him based upon mo and no dna so that we can link some of those cases to him moving forward. >> reporter: and we're learning more about how the alleged predator was captured. after trailing deangelo for six days, more than 15 officers watched as he worked inside his garage. then moving in, when he walked out to the sidewalk. dangelo, who was home alone, appeared surprised. >> really no conversation at all. just the only thing he really said was that he had a roast in the oven. >> reporter: tonight some neighbors saying the man now accused murdering 12 people and raping nearly 50 victims lived with family and had a temper. >> we used to call him freak because he used to have these tantrums out in the front. he would yell so loud that you could hear him yelling from inside the house. >> reporter: grant gorman claims he had multiple run-ins with deangelo. including a threatening call over his barking dog.
>> if you don't shut that dog up, i will deliver a load of death. >> reporter: deangelo recently retired from his job at this save mart grocery distribution center. as a young man, he served in the navy. and while some of the early crimes were being committed. deangelo was a police officer, reportedly fired in 1979 for shoplifting dog repellant and a hammer. the golden state killer known for taunting his victims. >> he asked me in a very harsh whisper do you want to die do you want me to kill your mother. >> reporter: margaret wardlow believed to be the youngest just 13 at the time. her attacker tying up her mother like he did others, stacking plates on her back to make sure she wouldn't move. >> just awful. with us, we know after 40 years on the run, new dna technology helped track down deangelo. you are just learned, what turned the case? >> reporter: yeah, david, we just learned from multiple law enforcement sources that
investigators used genealogy websites to link deangelo to the unknown dna of the attacker. it provided a critical clue in the case. >> incredible. a genealogy website. thanks. next to the fireworks orn capitol hill tonight. epa scott pruitt about spending taxpayer dollars. and a $44,000 phone booth for his office. travel, mary bruce on how he answered. >> reporter: the embattled head of the epa, scott pruitt, defiant, as he walked into a grilling on capitol hill. inside, lawmakers let loose. >> you seem to view the epa budget as a personal slush fund. >> if i were the president, i wouldn't want your help.
i would just get rid of you. >> i have nothing to hide for the next 16 months. >> reporter: but again and again, pruitt deflected blame. pointing the finger at his own staff. he said they were the ones who ordered a $43,000 private phone booth for his office. >> i was not involved of the approval of the $43,000, and if i had known about it, congressman, i would have refused it. >> that seems a bit odd. if something happens in my office, especially to the degree of $43,000, i know about it before, during and after. but anyway -- >> reporter: he claimed it was his security team that decided he should fly first class and not coach. one republican congressman trying to help. >> is that illegal? >> it is not. >> it may look bad, but it is not illegal. >> reporter: pruitt was also pressed on whether he authorized hefty pay raises for two longtime aides, even after the white house refused to approve them. he previously said he knew nothing about it. but now he acknowledges he did know about one of those raises. >> that decision was made by my chief of staff. >> did you authorize him? >> there were delegations that gave him that authority. >> so that's a yes?
>> sarah greenwald, one of the staffers who received a substantial raise, said that you were aware of and supported the raises. was that true? >> i think with respect to the raises -- >> was that true? >> i was not aware of the amount, nor was i -- >> not the amount, were you aware of the raises? amount. >> then i'm concerned that you >> reporter: but after six hours of testimony, the one question still unanswered? mr. administrator, why not take responsibility? doesn't the buck stop with you? this is your agency, mr. pruitt? >> mary bruce asking the questions, no answer there. and mary bruce, scott pruitt says he is the target of people trying to under mine president trump. how is the white house responding? >> the sources in the white house say this is a tough day for pruitt. he was speaking to an audience of one, the president. and tonight it's his spooruppor that matters most. >> the senate has confirmed the president's pick for secretary of state.
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bill cosby, three words for you. guilty, guilty, guilty. bill cosby could aspen the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home. good evening and thank you for joining us ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil, the 80-year-old kmed comedian when the partnership tried to have him sent straight to prison. >> reporter: a guilty verdict for bill cosby after an emotionally charge cases that portrayed him as a serial rapist of a victim. the jury and seven women and five men came to a unanimous decision. >> guilty. guilty. guilty. >> the 80-year-old kmeetden was found guilty on all three counts. related to sexually assaulting andrea constand a former temple
university employee at his home in 2004. when the verdict was read cosby hung his red lashing out and cursing at the district attorney when he tried to have him sent straight to prison. cosby's team says this isn't the end. >> we think mr. cosby is guilty over. >> one big difference in this trial, jurors were allowed to hear from five additional cosby accusers, the prosecution claiming showing a spreader to pattern but in closing arguments the defense team said all of the accusers factored the stories for money fame or attention. going on to blast the me too movement describing it as mob mentality on emotion and anger. the accuser feel the system is back being them up. >> we are vindicated validated. >> this jury has shown that the me too -- what the me too movement is saying is that women areworthy of being believed. >> we're told when the verdict was read in court many