UPDATE: — What do Richard Cobb and Beunka Adams have in common? You know, besides being murdering pieces of shit? That’s right, Jim — they are both dead. Good and dead.
- Thug: Richard Aaron Cobb (18 at time of offense)
- Date of Execution: April 25, 2013
- Date of Crime: September 2, 2002
- Victim(s): Kenneth Vandever (37)
- Last Meal: A huge serving of Pentobarbital.
- Final Words: ”Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That’s it.”
Richard Cobb will be the second rabid animal put to death for the murder of Kenneth Vandever. You might remember his partner in crime, Beunka Adams, who has already been turned into worm food and a rapetoy for Satan.
On that fateful night, Cobb and Adams kidnapped two young women (Candace Driver and Nikki Dement) who were working at a convenience store in Rusk, Texas. They also kidnapped mentally handicapped customer Kenneth Vandever.
Adams and Cobbs then stole one of the girl’s car, drove them in the trunk to a remote location where Adams raped Dement. And then it got worse:
The women then heard a single gunshot. (Adams) asked, “did we get anybody?” And Candace said, “No.” Shortly thereafter, a second shot was fired, and Kenneth cried out, “They shot me.” Kenneth Vandever died from the gunshot wound. Seconds later, Candace heard another shot, and Nikki fell forward. Candace fell forward as well, pretending to be hit. (Adams) approached Candace and asked her if she was bleeding. He was carrying the shotgun. Candace did not immediately answer in the hope that (Adams) would believe she had been killed. (Adams) then said, “Are you bleeding?” You better answer me. I’ll shoot you in the face if you don’t answer me.” When Candace said, “No, no, I’m not bleeding,” (Adams) shot her in the face, hitting her lip.
(Adams) and Cobb then turned to Nikki, asking her the same questions. (Adams) kicked Nikki for about a minute, joined by Cobb. Then they picked her up by her hair and held a lighter to her face to see if she was still alive. Candace feigned death for fear of being shot again. She heard Cobb say about Nikki, “She’s dead. Let’s go.” That was the only time that Candace ever heard Cobb speak. After (Adams) and Cobb left, Candace got up and ran barefooted down the deserted country road and banged on the door of the first house she saw.
There simply is no “rehabilitating” a sick and rabid animal who is capable of that kind of remorseless evil. There is only one way to deal with a rabid animal — and that’s to put it down. And sometime just after 6:00 p.m. HTT tomorrow, Ricahrd Cobb will join Beunka Adams in hell.
Cobb has admitted to being the trigger man who shot and killed Vandever:
After satisfying themselves that the three victims were dead, Adams and Cobb left the scene and went to the residence of Adams’s cousin.
Vandever died, but Ansley and Driver survived. After regaining consciousness, they managed to get to safety. Ansley sustained a shotgun wound to her left shoulder, numerous broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, which required her to spend almost two weeks in the hospital. After undergoing emergency surgery, she identified Cobb and Adams from a photo lineup. Driver, who suffered a gunshot wound to her lower lip, was able to identify Adams, but not Cobb, from a photo lineup while in the hospital. Adams’s cousin contacted the police and disclosed Cobb’s and Adams’s whereabouts. They were arrested at Adams’s cousin’s home on September 3, the day after Vandever’s murder. Adams surrendered, but Cobb resisted arrest and had to be subdued. Under questioning, Cobb confessed to shooting Vandever and to participating in the robbery and kidnaping [sic].
Here’s a good article/interview with Cobb from last month, via Daily Progress (Jacksonville, TX):
The convicted capital murderer will turn 29 next month, shortly before he is executed. He been on death row for a decade and has all but exhausted his appeals.
“There’s really nothing left to do,” Cobb said during a recent jailhouse interview from Death Row in Livingston. “ … I accept it, you know what I mean? For what it is. There’s no getting away from it. At the same time I don’t want to die, but I’m ready to die.”