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He remained that way for some 15 minutes before a physician entered the death chamber to examine him and pronounce him dead at 6:27 p.m. CDT. Sixteen minutes had passed since the drug had been injected.
The father, stepmother and stepbrother of the man shot and killed by Cobb were among the witnesses. Also in the viewing area was one of the women who was shot and attacked but survived to testify against Cobb.
“I think justice was served but it doesn’t change anything to speak of,” the slain man’s father, Don Vandever, said after watching Cobb die. “I do think the justice system needs to be more of a deterrent.
“All he did was go to sleep. That’s it.”
Nikki Daniels, 29, who was raped and shot during the 2002 attack but survived to testify against Cobb, said, “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.”
The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault but Daniels agreed to be identified.
Daniels said Cobb’s punishment in the end “was far too easy.”
About two hours before the lethal injection, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Cobb to be executed, rejecting a last-day appeal. It was Texas’ fourth execution this year.