A man who shot and killed one of three people during a convenience store robbery 11 years ago was executed Thursday, but not before making a joke and acting unapologetic for his actions.
Richard Cobb, 29, did not deny that he killed Kenneth Vandever with a 20-gauge shotgun in East Texas. Two women were also shot, but survived, and one was raped. He was charged with capital murder.
Before he was given the lethal injection, he was asked if he had any last words.
With victims and family members of victims watching, he said, "Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end. Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that."
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"Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That's it, warden."
And just before the drug took his life, he picked his head off his pillow and looked at the warden behind him.
"Wow!" he said. "That is great. That is awesome! Thank you, warden! Thank you [expletive] warden!"
Then the drug took effect and he was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. CDT.
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Watching the execution were the father, stepmother and stepbrother of the man who was killed by Cobb.
"I think justice was served but it doesn't change anything to speak of," Don Vandever said. "I do think the justice system needs to be more of a deterrent. All he did was go to sleep. That's it."
The woman who was raped, Nikki Daniels, 29, was also in attendance.
"I thought he was going to be remorseful, I thought he was going to be apologetic, was hoping that he was going to address me. I saw the same evil person I saw 11 years ago…He definitely showed his true colors," Daniels said.