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right now stay tuned with world tonight, bill cosby found d guilty. then cosby's outburst in court. the expletive. what he shouted at the d.a. the comedian, now 80, convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. other accusers breaking down in court. could cosby spend the rest of his life in prison? president trump live on tv, now saying michael cohen represented him in the stormy daniels ordeal. after saying he knew nothing of a payment. we have breaking news about the former police officer who authorities say murdered 12 people and then raped at least 40. now, they reveal how they caught him. and audio of the recordings.
the messages he would later leave for his alleged victims. the refinery explosion. the pictures coming in, schools shut down. mandatory evacuations. the deputy shot and killed. tonight, the reward. and just hours before the nfl draft, the racially 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 verdict. then his outburst in court. he was accused of drugging and assaulting a woman in his philadelphia home. prosecutors in this retrail were allowed to have five other women testify. many breaking down after the verdict. tonight, could cosby spend the rest of his life behind bars? abc's linsey davis was in the courtroom.
>> reporter: a stunning fall from grace tonight for bill cosby who left the courtroom with his head down. 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
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 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 at the district attorney when he argued that cosby should get no to bail, that he could flee in his plane. cosby saying he doesn't have a
plane, you expletive. the guilty verdict coming after a hung jury. one of the biggest differences this time around, more than 60 accusers, a total of six testified in this trial. compared to two last year. just this week, his wife of 54 years, camille, right at his side, walking into court. just as she was in the 2014 interview with the associated press where cosby refused to address the allegations. >> i don't talk about it. and i would appreciate it if it was scuttled. >> 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. she's covered both of these trials. when do we expect bill cosby to be sentenced? >> sentencing in the next 60 to
90 days, david, and the judge told cosby he is not to leave the county. he has handed over his passport. david? >> linsey, thank you. let's get right to abc's chief legal analyst dan abrams with us here. the bottom line hereby, what about prison time, could he spend the rest of his life behind bars. >> talking about three counts h. in theory, 30 years, and they will probably be considered one incident, concurrent, meaning up to ten years total. the defense will ask for no jail time. the prosecutors will ask for ten years. i expect the five to ten year range. >> he turns 81 next month. they will appeal, what grounds? >> 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 today on live cable tv. president trump calling in to fox and friends and lashing out today, admitting for the first time that his friend attorney michael cohen did represent him in the crazy stormy daniels
ordeal. a short time later, prosecutors were using the president's own words in court. here's abc's white house correspondent 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 big 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 for a day or so, a day or two, because i own the miss universe pageant. he said i didn't stay there a night. of course i stayed there. i stayed there a very short period of time. but of course i stayed. well, 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 it 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. from the white house tonight. back to michael cohen in court. he and the president are trying
to protect much of what was seized by the fbi. the president says saying he would go through the evidence. the judge delivering a major decision today. >> the judge appointed a master, a special master, an independent lawyer who is a former judge who is going to pore over all the items collected. ultimately, she will determine if anything is attorney-client privilege. a small victory. for michael cohen, david. >> good to have you back with us. we have a development in the case of the former police officer under arrest. as we reported here, authorities believe he committed more than 12 murders and 40 rapes. tonight, they reveal how they caught him all the years later. also this evening, the audio. you will hear the phone messages authorities say he would leave for his alleged victims after the attacks. tonight is whit 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. >> 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. >> i will kill you. i will kill you. >> reporter: 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. >> with us, we know after 40 years on the run, new dna technology helped track down deangelo. tonight, you just learned what it was a couple weeks ago that helped turn the case? >> reporter: yeah, david, we just learned from multiple law enforcement sources that investigators used genealogy websites to help link deangelo
to the previously unknown mystery dna of the attacker. it's not clear who in his family may have been using the websites. it provided a critical clue in the case. >> incredible. a genealogy website. thanks. next to the fireworks on capitol hill tonight. epa scott pruitt about spending taxpayer dollars. your money. among the items, a $43,000 phone booth in his office, first class 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 as it relates to how i have run
the agency for the last 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. >> yes or no, did you authorize him? >> there were delegations that gave him that authority. >> so that's a yes? >> sarah greenwald, one of the
aides who received a substantial raise, stated 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? >> not the amount. >> reporter: 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. mary bruce on the hill again for us. scott pruitt says he's 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. but they say he was largely speaking to an audience of one, the president. and tonight it's his support that matters most. david? >> thank you, mary. also from capitol hill tonight, the senate has confirmed the president's pick for secretary of state. mike pompeo. the cia chief who has had a security meeting with kim jong
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40 hours since san francisco sheriffs detectives put hands on a man they had been spur suing since the mid-70s. >> we have just learned that investigators tracked down 72-year-old joseph james deangelo using geneology websites. >> investigators used dna from one of the crime scenes and compared it to one of the genetic profiles available online. they followed clues to identify deangelo as a potential suspect last thursday. >> police then set up under surveillance on deangelo and obtained dna from something he threw away. they got a dna match and arrested him tuesday night. >> he is expected to be arraigned tomorrow afternoon to formally hear the charges against him on two counts of murder. today 7 news was in the citrus heights neighborhood. neighbors noah wilson and their da