Detroit cop held in hit on his wife Authorities arrest 2nd man in killing at CVS, suspect him in slayings of eight others for hire.
The Detroit News
Paul Egan and Francis X. Donnelly
April 21, 2008
[Excerpts] Authorities on Sunday arrested a Detroit police sergeant accused of putting out a contract on his wife after earlier arresting the accused "hitman," a 27-year-old Detroiter who could be responsible for as many as nine killings. Sgt. David Cobb, 38, who works in the department's eastern district, was arrested without incident at his home early Sunday morning, police said. His wife, Rose Cobb, 47, was fatally shot in the head several times on Dec. 26, 2007, as she sat in the couple's van in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy on East Jefferson. David Cobb was shopping inside the store at the time.
The arrest of Cobb came hours after a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force arrested Vincent Smothers, 27, in Macomb County's Shelby Township. Police questioning of Smothers linked him to the Cobb killing and much more. Smothers described himself as a professional hitman who was paid $1,500 by David Cobb to kill Rose Cobb and who also was responsible for a long string of killings, police said... The man Vincent Smothers is suspected of killing for, David Cobb, had been suspected of involvement in his wife's death but had denied wrongdoing, officials said. Rose Cobb's family, who had held a vigil for her in January, said they were stunned by the arrest of her husband. "I mean, I'm just very shocked," said a Hamtramck nephew who declined to give his name. "I don't know what to say." Workers at Hutzel Women's Hospital, where Rose Cobb worked as a social worker, said they also were stunned by the arrest. They described Rose Cobb as a sweet, kind person full of grace and dignity. She was always willing to listen to other people and help with their troubles... "I just miss her very much," said Renee Crosby, an administrative assistant in the hospital's social work department... [Full article here]
..."He seemed to be levelheaded... He seemed to be insightful. He seemed to be well-reasoned"...
Ex-con: Cop hired me to kill his wife
Detroit sergeant arrested in parking lot shooting
Detroit Free Press
By Ben Schmitt and Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki
April 21, 2008
[Excerpts] A man who says a Detroit police sergeant hired him to kill his wife is expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court in Detroit. Vincent Smothers, 27, was arrested Saturday night in Shelby Township after police received a tip from an informant. He told officers of the multijurisdictional Violent Crimes Task Force that Sgt. David Cobb hired him to kill Rose Cobb, 47, on Dec. 26 while she was sitting in a vehicle in a CVS parking lot on East Jefferson and Dickerson... Police said Smothers told officers that David Cobb, who was inside the store at the time of the shooting, paid him to kill his wife... [Cobb's] status with the department is unclear today. A spokesperson at the Southwest District confirmed Cobb is being held and will likely be arraigned on felony charges Tuesday and that Smothers would be arraigned at 8 a.m. today... Neighbors near Cobb's home on Edlie Circle off East Jefferson said they saw police take Cobb away. They said he walked out of the house without shoes, but police later went inside his home to get them. Rose Cobb was shot multiple times in the head through a side window of the couple's minivan, police said at the time. Cobb also had been a Wayne State University Law School student. Mike Taylor, a third-year law student, said he had shared a class with Cobb the last four semesters and noticed Cobb stopped coming to class about a month ago. Taylor, 24, said he and Cobb sometimes talked about class, but not their personal lives. Taylor said he knew Cobb's wife had been slain, but said Sunday's arrest surprised him. "He seemed to be levelheaded," he said. "He seemed to be insightful. He seemed to be well-reasoned"... [Full article here]
(Brace yourselves for this being connected in the end to the murder of Tamara Greene, and for the order for that hit possibly coming from a city employee as well.)
Thank you to all law enforcement who were involved for what's been accomplished with these two arrests. It makes all the difference.
Previous blog entries:
- Friday, December 28, 2007 - [MI] SGT COBB'S WIFE SHOT DEAD IN PARKING LOT
- Saturday, January 12, 2008 - [MI] Sgt. Cobb not at vigil for his murdered wife, Rose