"Despite prosecutor's deal with snitch, Cobb loses appeals," is Jordan Smith's report for the Austin Chronicle on the case of Richard Cobb.
Richard Cobb was just 18 when he and a friend, 19-year-old Beunka Adams, robbed the B-D-J's convenience store in Rusk, taking two female clerks and a customer hostage. The pair drove the three hostages to a nearby field known as the "pea patch," raped one of the clerks, and tied up all three. Cobb shot the customer, Kenneth Vandever, killing him; either Cobb or Adams – it remains unclear which – shot each of the clerks. Both were wounded, faked death, and ultimately survived. The murderous pair was turned in to police by Adams' cousin a day after the crime; the state sought, and obtained, a death sentence for each defendant.
On April 25 the state intends to execute Cobb – almost a year to the day after it carried out the death sentence on his accomplice, Adams. If the schedule remains on track, Cobb would be the 497th inmate put to death in Texas since 1982.
To date, there have been eight executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,328 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, 11 additional execution dates have been set for 2013, including five scheduled in the next five weeks. More will be added.