Magazine article Newsweek

Town-Gown Showdown; A Harvard Graduate Student Stands Trial for Murder

Magazine article Newsweek

Town-Gown Showdown; A Harvard Graduate Student Stands Trial for Murder

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Byline: Chelsea Lowe and Dirk Johnson (With Jonathan Murad)

They came from different worlds. Alexander Pring-Wilson, 25, a Harvard grad scholar, could speak several languages. "Sander," as his friends know him, figured to become a lawyer, just like his mother and father back in Colorado. Michael Colono, 18, grew up in the projects in Cambridge, Mass. At 15, he became a father. He struggled with booze and got busted for selling crack. But friends say he was getting his life on track. He had recently earned his GED, and was working as a cook to support his family. For 70 seconds, in the middle of the night on April 12, 2003, the lives of these two young men intersected by chance. Now Colono is dead. Pring-Wilson is charged with his murder.

In a yellow slicker and flip-flops, Pring-Wilson was walking home from a night of revelry and reggae at the Western Front nightclub. He passed a pizzeria, perhaps with a drunken stagger, and heard a voice call out in ridicule. The voice came from Colono. The two men argued, then fought. Police say Pring-Wilson pulled a pocketknife and stabbed Colono five times. After the fight, Pring-Wilson called 911 from his cell phone. In a voice that grew agitated, he told the dispatcher, "There's a young man who was stabbed." At his murder trial in Middlesex County Superior Court last week, prosecutors aired the tape of Pring-Wilson's being asked by the dispatcher, "Did you see who did it?" His response: "No I'm not really sure." Pring-Wilson has pleaded not guilty. …

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