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By Ashley McGeachy and Ashley McGeachy,Staff Writer | July 15, 1992
Steve Courson is used to battling 290-pound linemen. He did it for 13 years with the University of South Carolina, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.But now Courson is battling his toughest opponent -- heart disease -- and is using his experience with steroids to educate high school athletes, especially football players, who might be .. tempted to use steroids.Courson, who retired from the NFL in 1985, is suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a weakened heart muscle, a condition he blames on the combination of alcohol and steroids.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2011
As he lay in the gully, unable to get up or scream loud enough to attract help, Matt Courson asked God for a deal. "My whole life, I haven't lived up to my fullest potential," he remembers praying as he watched the moon slowly traverse the Arkansas sky. "From now on, if I get out of here, I'll be the best person I can be. " Just after the sun crept above the horizon on that April morning, a fireman came across Courson and his wrecked all-terrain vehicle....
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | July 3, 2008
In the months before his 2005 death, former NFL offensive lineman Steve Courson wrote a 5,000-word letter expressing disappointment that more players aren't open about their steroid use and saying the league's enormous popularity relies on a "myth" of its players as drug-free heroes. "I believe the NFL is a prisoner to their own public relations myth," Courson said in the letter, which was found on the computer of his western Pennsylvania home after he was crushed to death at age 50 by a tree he was cutting down.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | July 3, 2008
In the months before his 2005 death, former NFL offensive lineman Steve Courson wrote a 5,000-word letter expressing disappointment that more players aren't open about their steroid use and saying the league's enormous popularity relies on a "myth" of its players as drug-free heroes. "I believe the NFL is a prisoner to their own public relations myth," Courson said in the letter, which was found on the computer of his western Pennsylvania home after he was crushed to death at age 50 by a tree he was cutting down.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 2, 1994
Police lifted Margaret Courson's fingerprints from a notebook in the sport utility truck owned by the 21-year-old Shady Side man charged in her death, according to testimony in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday.The victim's fingerprint was perhaps the most damaging evidence provided yesterday in the second day of testimony in the trial of Alvin Winslow Gross, 21, of the 4800 block of Atwell Road, Shady Side.Mr. Gross is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, kidnapping and handgun violations in the Dec. 9, 1993, death of Ms. Courson, a waitress and laborer who lived in a rooming house in the 100 block of Prince George St.He is being tried before Judge Bruce C. Williams.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
A 21-year-old Shady Side man convicted yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court of the rape and murder of an Annapolis woman now faces a possible life without parole sentence.Alvin Winslow Gross of the 4800 block of Atwell Road was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, kidnapping and handgun charges in the Dec. 19, 1993, death of Margaret Courson, 26, who lived in an Annapolis rooming house.The jury of eight men and four women convicted Gross after deliberating a little more than five hours.
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June 4, 1999
Three members of the Howard County police were promoted during a ceremony Wednesday.Cpl. John Newnan was named a sergeant; Pfc. Randall Courson and Pfc. Michele Denton were both promoted to corporal.Pub Date: 6/04/99
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | January 12, 1994
A 20-year-old Shady Side man was being held without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center last night on charges that he raped and murdered an Annapolis woman on a deserted south county road after she pleaded with him for her life.Alvin Winslow Gross of the 4800 block Atwell Court was arrested Monday evening near his home and charged with first-degree murder and rape in the death of Margaret Courson, 28.Investigators said Ms. Courson of the 100 block of Prince George St. became depressed and went drinking in downtown Annapolis bars Dec. 18 after a man broke a date with her. She arrived home about 2 a.m. before going out again, police said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1999
An Anne Arundel County judge has overturned the 1994 conviction of Alvin Winslow Gross, who is serving a life sentence without parole for the killing of an Annapolis woman, and ordered a new trial.The conviction is the third obtained by Anne Arundel County prosecutors in a major case to be erased in about six months. It is also the third post-conviction complaint granted recently by judges who are relatively new to the county's Circuit Court bench.Gross' family, reached at their Shady Side home last night, was delighted.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2000
An assistant attorney general asked a state appeals court yesterday to reinstate the murder conviction of a one-time Southern High basketball star who had been sentenced to life without parole for the rape and slaying of an Annapolis woman. In a ruling last year that infuriated Anne Arundel County prosecutors, Circuit Judge Pamela L. North found that attorneys for Alvin Winslow Gross bungled their handling of genetic testing issues in the 1994 trial. Prosecutors immediately challenged North's order for a new trial, complaining that North, a former criminal defense attorney, considered the case with what she believed would have been a better trial strategy than that used by Gross' attorneys.
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By JEFF BARKER and JEFF BARKER,SUN REPORTER | November 16, 2005
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- The message was important enough that Denise Masciola found the composure to deliver it even as her boyfriend of three years, former Pittsburgh Steeler Steve Courson, lay yesterday in an open, oversized casket in the next room. "This is something he would definitely want written," Masciola whispered, leaning forward and making eye contact with a reporter. Masciola then told the story of how Courson - a hulking offensive lineman who won Super Bowl rings in the 1978 and 1979 seasons - loved his teammates but felt let down by their prolonged silence after he risked his career by speaking publicly about steroid use 20 years ago. "He said he was disappointed they would continue to live a lie," Masciola said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2000
An assistant attorney general asked a state appeals court yesterday to reinstate the murder conviction of a one-time Southern High basketball star who had been sentenced to life without parole for the rape and slaying of an Annapolis woman. In a ruling last year that infuriated Anne Arundel County prosecutors, Circuit Judge Pamela L. North found that attorneys for Alvin Winslow Gross bungled their handling of genetic testing issues in the 1994 trial. Prosecutors immediately challenged North's order for a new trial, complaining that North, a former criminal defense attorney, considered the case with what she believed would have been a better trial strategy than that used by Gross' attorneys.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1999
An Anne Arundel County judge has overturned the 1994 conviction of Alvin Winslow Gross, who is serving a life sentence without parole for the killing of an Annapolis woman, and ordered a new trial.The conviction is the third obtained by Anne Arundel County prosecutors in a major case to be erased in about six months. It is also the third post-conviction complaint granted recently by judges who are relatively new to the county's Circuit Court bench.Gross' family, reached at their Shady Side home last night, was delighted.
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June 4, 1999
Three members of the Howard County police were promoted during a ceremony Wednesday.Cpl. John Newnan was named a sergeant; Pfc. Randall Courson and Pfc. Michele Denton were both promoted to corporal.Pub Date: 6/04/99
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1996
A state appeals court upheld yesterday the 1994 murder conviction of a Shady Side man, but ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him of kidnapping.The Court of Special Appeals said it was "sheer speculation" that Alvin Gross kidnapped Margaret Courson from the Annapolis City Dock before shooting her and dumping her body in a cornfield in December 1993.However, the court said there was sufficient evidence to convict Gross, 23, of first-degree murder -- noting that she had been shot four times, twice in the neck at close range.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1995
An Anne Arundel Circuit judge yesterday showed no mercy as he sentenced a 21-year-old Shady Side man to the maximum term -- life in prison without the possibility of parole -- for the rape and murder of a homeless woman."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 8, 1994
Alvin Winslow Gross conceded yesterday that he had sex with Margaret Courson, the woman he is accused of raping and killing, but he said it was consensual and that it happened the night before she died.Mr. Gross, who is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the 26-year-old Annapolis woman's death, told an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury that he spotted her about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 17 walking along Calvert Street and picked her up in his sport utility truck.The two knew each other, he said, and they talked briefly before she got into the truck.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 6, 1994
Margaret Courson's hair was found in the back seat of her accused killer's truck, and fibers from the truck's carpet were found in her pubic hair and the jeans and coat she was wearing the night she was killed, an FBI expert testified yesterday.The hair and fibers presented to an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury were perhaps the most damaging evidence yet in the three-day trial of Alvin Winslow Gross, 21, of the 4800 block of Atwell Road, Shady Side.Mr. Gross, who is being tried before Judge Bruce C. Williams, is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the death of Ms. Courson, a 26-year old Annapolis woman he allegedly picked up at the City Dock shortly after downtown bars closed Dec. 19, 1993.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
A 21-year-old Shady Side man convicted yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court of the rape and murder of an Annapolis woman now faces a possible life without parole sentence.Alvin Winslow Gross of the 4800 block of Atwell Road was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree rape, kidnapping and handgun charges in the Dec. 19, 1993, death of Margaret Courson, 26, who lived in an Annapolis rooming house.The jury of eight men and four women convicted Gross after deliberating a little more than five hours.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | December 8, 1994
Alvin Winslow Gross conceded yesterday that he had sex with Margaret Courson, the woman he is accused of raping and killing, but he said it was consensual and that it happened the night before she died.Mr. Gross, who is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the 26-year-old Annapolis woman's death, told an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury that he spotted her about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 17 walking along Calvert Street and picked her up in his sport utility truck.The two knew each other, he said, and they talked briefly before she got into the truck.
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