Self-professed hit man Vincent Smothers, who police said claimed he killed a Detroit police officer's wife, was returned to the Wayne County Jail on Friday following treatment at a local hospital for injuries he received from a suicide attempt...
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SUSPECTED HIT MAN BACK IN JAIL AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Detroit -- A self-described hit man facing charges in the slaying of the wife of a police officer returned Friday to the Wayne County Jail after he had attempted suicide. Vincent Smothers, 28, was treated at a local hospital after he was found hanging in a common area near his cell Dec. 26, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Smothers is charged with shooting Rose Cobb, wife of Detroit Police Officer David Cobb, as she sat in a van on the day after Christmas in 2007. Smothers said it was arranged by Cobb, who was never charged. Earlier this year, a judge in Detroit refused to throw out Smothers' confession, saying there was nothing illegal about the tactics used by police to get the confession in April 2008. Cobb hanged himself last year. Smothers also has been charged with fatally shooting eight people in six separate murder cases. He told police he was paid $60,000 for working as a hit man in 2006 and 2007.
SELF-PROFESSED HIT MAN BACK IN JAIL AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Posted: Jan. 2, 2010
Self-professed hit man Vincent Smothers, who police said claimed he killed a Detroit police officer's wife, was returned to the Wayne County Jail on Friday following treatment at a local hospital for injuries he received from a suicide attempt. Smothers, 28, was found hanging in an area in the jail Dec. 26 by jail personnel. Smothers, who was under constant surveillance by county sheriff's deputies while hospitalized, is being held in the jail on 28 charges -- including 13 charges of first-degree murder. One case involved the slaying of Rose Cobb, the wife of David Cobb, a Detroit police sergeant who eventually committed suicide in a Sterling Heights park. Smothers was arrested in 2008. He last appeared in court in October. In another case, Smothers confessed in a written statement to being involved in a 2007 quadruple killing on Runyon Street in Detroit. Davontae Sanford, now 16, was convicted in that shooting. Sanford is now appealing to get a new trial. Smothers was called to testify in a hearing in July for Sanford, but he kept silent, asserting his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. [LINK]
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