L.A. APPROVES $25,000 REWARD IN COSBY CASE.
As police continue to collect tips in the slaying of Ennis Cosby, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to add $25,000 to the growing reward pot, now totaling $337,500.
A week has passed since the 27-year-old Cosby was shot to death beside his car, and investigators have not identified a suspect.
Even as they pore over more than 400 phoned-in tips, the police requested that the City Council offer a reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
The reward motion was submitted by City Councilman Michael Feuer, whose district includes the Sepulveda Pass neighborhood where comedian Bill Cosby's only son was shot to death as he changed a flat tire.
The Globe tabloid newspaper is offering a $200,000 reward, the National Enquirer set aside $100,000 and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors put up $12,500.
In authorizing a $25,000 reward, the City Council concluded that the killer or killers could ``by their actions further terrorize and present a continuing menace to the rights of persons in the city.''
Beyond the rewards, the financial cost of the Cosby crime is mounting.The team of investigators on the Cosby case has in just a week used up nearly the entire monthly budget for overtime, officials said.
``We're not strapped for overtime cash to handle this case, the Cosby case, or any other serious case,'' said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Tim McBride. ``We have had officers working around the clock, and they will continue to do so.''
McBride said the LAPD budget contains enough overtime money because the department has been prudent in its use of such money over the fiscal year.
Cmdr. Jim McMurray, head of the detective services group that oversees the Robbery Homicide Division, said any shortfall in a monthly period would not mean any cutback in the investigation in the Cosby case.
``Homicide is the one thing where we don't skimp resources on,'' he said. ``The last thing we are going to say is don't work overtime - I want activity in all my homicide cases.''