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The Christa Worthington murder trial
Christopher McCowen

McCowen found guilty,
gets life without parole

A judge yesterday sentenced Christopher McCowen (left) to three concurrent life sentences in prison without parole for the January 2002 murder of Cape Cod fashion writer Christa Worthington. (Boston Globe)
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profile of the victim

Friends say Truro victim lived no ordinary life

(By Ellen Barry and John Ellement, Globe Staff, 1/9/02)
Sometime around her 40th birthday, when she finally made the decision to move to the little house in Truro, Christa Worthington put her couture dresses on racks and hid them away on the second floor.
Friends say Truro victim lived no ordinary life
profile of the defendant

Defendant described as caring, generous

(By Jenna Russell and Beth Daley, Globe Staff, 4/17/05)
Christopher M. McCowen was a ''playboy" notorious for having many girlfriends, family members and friends said, but he was also described as a caring father, hard worker, and generous friend who would not commit murder.
Defendant described as caring, generous
profile of the judge

Judge in Worthington case is willing to make hard calls

(By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 11/15/06)
Both admired and feared by lawyers who appear before him, Superior Court Judge Gary A. Nickerson is an old-school, no-nonsense jurist who has presided over cases that include New Bedford slayings and a pedophile priest.
Judge in Worthington case is willing to make hard calls
Past Boston Globe coverage
 Jury query focuses on interrogation (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 11/16/06)
 Judge orders jurors secluded (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 11/14/06)
 Defense says police pursued other confessions (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 11/2/06)
 Friend of Cape defendant denies role (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 10/27/06)
 Defense attorney targets trooper testimony (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 10/26/06)
 Trooper says McCowen changed his story (By Megan Tench, Globe Staff, 10/25/06)
 Cape writer's family sues over death (By Ralph Ranalli, Globe Staff, 5/18/05)
 Reports shed light on probe into Cape killing (By Ralph Ranalli, Globe Staff, 5/4/05)
 Worthington probe eyed higher-profile leads (By Brian McGrory and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent, 4/17/05)
 Man is held in Worthington slaying (By John Ellement and Joanna Weiss, Globe Staff, 4/16/05)
 Book on '02 Cape slaying uses lurid details from DA (By Ellen Barry, Globe Staff, 5/22/03)
 Greineder ex-escort is tied to Truro case (By Ellen Barry and John Ellement, Globe Staff, 1/15/02)
 Freelance writer found slain at her home in Truro (By John Ellement and Ellen Barry, Globe Staff, 1/8/02)
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