Richard Cobb Was Executed in Texas Thursday Evening
Eleven years ago two men robbed a convenience store, taking three hostages with them. Richard Cobb used a shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.
Cobb, who was 29, did not deny that he killed Vandever. He was executed in Texas Thursday evening. He was pronounced dead 16 minutes after he was given the lethal injection. He becomes the fourth person executed in Texas this year.
On Sept. 2, 2002, Vandever and the two women were abducted from a store in Rusk, about 120 miles southeast of Dallas, and taken to a field about 10 miles away. All three were shot and left for dead. Vandever, 37, died, but the women managed to get help and later testified against Cobb and his partner, Beunka Adams.
Cobb was on probation for automobile theft at the time.
Cobb, who was 18, and Adams, were arrested in Jacksonville the following day, about 25 miles from the crime. They were tied to other similar robberies in the area.
Cobb said at his trial that he turned to robbery to support a drug habit he began at the age of 12.
Adams was executed a year ago this week.
Vandever was a frequent visitor to the convenience store. He often did small chores such as taking out the trash. An automobile accident had left him with a diminished mental capacity.
At least 11 other Texas inmates have executions scheduled for the coming months, including three in May.
Columnist-The Guardian Express