Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

Police Sergeant Has Wife Murdered, Hangs Himself

September 27, 2008

Detroit police sergeant David Cobb hired hitman Vincent Smothers, and accomplice Marzell Black, to kill Rose Cobb, his wife.  Smothers shot Rose Cobb as she waited in her car on the day after Christmas, while Sgt. Cobb shopped in a CVS drug store.  Smothers was caught and confessed that Cobb had hired him to kill his wife.  The cost?  $1,500.00.  And the story goes that Cobb was banging Marzell Black’s mother, Sheila Black.

Cobb was arrested, too, but released due to lack of evidence.  Still, he was suspended during the investigation.  

As investogators made progress against Cobb, he decided to hang himself in a Sterling Heights, MI park.

Apparently, his hanging has nothing to to with being accused of soliciting sex and texting dirty messages to a 15-year old girl in 2006.  He was found not guilty.


Detroit Police Firearms Lab Closed, Now Conducted by State

September 25, 2008

After an attorney determined that Detroit police mishandled evidence in a shooting case, an audit was conduceted, revealing a 10% error rate in ballistic evidence.  The firearms lab has been shut down indefinitely, and all ballistics testing will be conducted by Michigan State Police.

This brings up an interesting point.  What is a ‘normal’ error rate in regards to evidence?  What is an ‘acceptable’ error rate?  What is the State Police’s error rate? 

In an apparently unrelated story, an unknown 300-lb. man grabbed an officer’s gun and shot himself in the head at the Detroit Police Crime Lab just last week.