Dad charged with murdering gay Houston couple

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The father of a Houston lesbian was indicted on Tuesday for murdering his daughter and her girlfriend after a bloody confrontation in their south Houston home some 15 months ago. 

James Larry Cosby, 47, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the case shortly after the bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24, were discovered next to a Dumpster behind a Bolivar convenience store on March 7, 2014.  Cosby had been beaten to death in an attack so severe it broke her neck; Jackson was shot.

On Tuesday, a Galveston County grand jury indicted Cosby (top photo) on a single capital murder charge. He remains jailed on a $300,000 bond. 

Police investigators believe the women – a couple for about two years before their deaths – were likely killed in their home and dumped at the store on the Bolivar Peninsula about a 20-minute ferry ride from Galveston.


Investigators later found a lot of blood at Cosby's Houston home.

According to court documents, they searched Cosby s bedroom and found large areas of blood on surfaces throughout.

A criminal complaint filed in court says detectives also noticed a missing window shutter on Cosby s home. They found a shutter matching the missing one covered in blood near where the victim s bodies were found. Detectives say Cosby's thumb print was on the shutter.

Cosby moved in with his daughter in late 2013 after his second stint in prison. He was convicted of sexual assault in 1994, released in 2004 and returned to prison in 2011 for failing to register as a sex offender, according to the Houston Press. The media outlet published an exhaustive look at the killings in January.

Cosby and his daughter didn't get along and Cosby was upset that his daughter was gay, that she wouldn't let him drive her new car and that he had to sleep on a couch, according to the Houston Press.  

As Capt. Barry Cook with the Galveston Sheriff's Office told us in January, no one but Cosby knows what actually triggered the fight that erupted into violence in March 2014: “These are the things we know. He had resentment. They had a better life. They were being treated differently at that house. He didn't agree with their lifestyle, but neither did the Jacksons. Were they killed for being gay? Who knows? He's the only one who knows and he's not talking.”

[Towleroad | Houston Press | KHOU]


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