Former Cherokee Co. DA satisfied with execution

The execution of an East Texas man occurred at 6 o'clock Thursday night. Prison officials administered lethal injection to Rusk native Richard Cobb at the Walls Unit at the Huntsville State Penitentiary.

In 2002, Cobb was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Kenneth Vandever of Rusk. Elmer Beckworth was the district attorney in Cherokee County during the trials of both Cobb and his co-defendent Beunka Adams, who was executed April 26, 2012.

"Well, I'm gratified that the system is working. I feel for the victims in having to wait so long for closure, but the jury made the correct decision. The evidence clearly showed they were guilty of capital murder. The evidence showed they were both of future danger to society," Beckworth said.

On September 2, 2002, Nikki Daniels, co-worker Candace, and customer Kenneth Vandever were robbed and kidnapped by Beunka Adams and Richard Cobb from a convenience store in Rusk.

They were taken from the convenience store to a pea patch where Daniels was raped. The trio was beaten and forced to kneel down on the ground. They were each shot with a 12-gauge shotgun and left for dead.

Daniels and her co-worker survived, but Vandever was killed that night.

Cobb and Adams were taken into custody less than 24 hours later after the murder and attempted murders.

29-year-old Richard Cobb has spent the past nine years knowing his life would one day be taken from him.

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