Richard Aaron Cobb was executed by the state of Texas on April 25, 2013. Richard was pronounced dead at 6:27 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Richard was 29 years of age. He was executed for the murder of 24-year-old Kenneth Wayne Vandever on September 2, 2002, in Rusk, Texas. Kenneth, along with Candace Driver and Nikki Dement, were kidnapped from a convenience store and taken to an abandoned field where Nikki was sexually assaulted and they were all shot. Candace and Nikki both survived their injuries. Richard’s accomplice for the crime, Beunka Adams, was also sentenced to death and executed on April 26, 2012.
Richard grew up in foster care and was eventually adopted. His adoptive mother testified that Richard and his brothers had serious emotional problems. Richard started to use drugs at the age of 12 and began robbing in order to pay for his drug habit. Prior to his arrested, Richard worked as a laborer. He attended school until the 11th grade.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Kenneth Vandever. Please also pray for peace and healing for Candace Driver, Nikki Dement, and their families. Please pray for the family of Richard.