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Life sentence again given in 2004 murder

March 5, 2008


Cosby given life in prison, again

Four years after a Lawrence man is murdered, the man responsible is once again sentenced to life in prison. Enlarge video

Four years after a Lawrence man was murdered, the man responsible once again was sentenced to life in prison.

A Douglas County District Court judge handed down the life sentence Tuesday to 28-year-old Lafayette Cosby. Last month, a jury convicted Cosby - for a second time - of premeditated first-degree murder in the April 2004 death of Robert Martin.

Last year, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial, ruling there were errors made during the original trial by the prosecutor at the time and the judge.

Friends and relatives of the victim said that sitting through a second trial was difficult, and the sentencing brought them little relief. Martin died after he was shot at a small late-night party at a southern Lawrence apartment complex.

"I think it was ridiculous," Martin's mother, Eula Hoel, said. "He was guilty the first time. We shouldn't have had to go through this all over again."

Cosby - who has already served more than 1,400 days behind bars - will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years. He said nothing at Tuesday's sentencing, but his attorney said the conviction would be appealed.


misseve 10 years, 2 months ago

Why in the world are they appealing again? Honestly the Martin family NOR the Cosby family or the taxpayers need to go through this for a 3rd time...

muthalode 10 years, 2 months ago

Why in the world is there an Appeals Court if you can't appeal. Why designate taxes for appeals if ignorant people would rather pay trillions of dollars to keep a war going and restore a war-torn country than to pay it back to the taxpayers whose paying the taxes to keep the appeals process in place. THINK PEOPLE!!! The taxes you pay go right back to the taxpayers who are working in the courts and government jobs, and right back to the government taxes are being paid to. The defendant isn't getting the taxes, he's just a scheme that taxes are designated for so they can be returned to the government. The government gets the taxes and pays itself back when people utilize government-ordered processes. THINK PEOPLE!!!
It's also more likely that Martin could have been the one appealing than the defendant. THINK PEOPLE!!! It just so happened the defendant refused to be another Martin victim. THINK PEOPLE!!!

JimmyJoeBob 10 years, 2 months ago

Mutha Another good reason to stop the appeal process. Information the appeal process was set up by attorneys so they could rape tax payers for additional fees. The process is allowed to continue because Judges (also attorney's) let it. We as citizens are bein raped by attorneys on a daily basis whether it is in the criminal courts or civil court.

muthalode 10 years, 2 months ago

Don't pay $100 for football tickets and complain about the price of bread being $3. You buy what you want and beg for what you need, i.e. we want war with non-tax payers, but beg to stop the appeals process for taxpayers. Think people!!!

JimmyJoeBob 10 years, 2 months ago

I have been thinking the way you rant you must be an attorney........ or a transient.

rasdrm 10 years, 2 months ago

Muthalode ------ You want to say Lafayette was a victim -- ummm you better get the story straight. Robert was the victim of a person that couldn't control himself. The only VICTIM here is Robert and the other Victims are his children. I have to raise our son every day with him knowing that his father's life was taken senselessly. Every day his son makes sure that we lock our doors at night so 'someone' doesn't come in our house to get us. That is because of what Lafayette did to his father. Our son is only 8 years old (he was 4 at the time his father's life was taken) - an 8 year old should only have worry about having to go to school the next day and what homework he had to do. I don't care what anyone says, but there is NO REASON for ANYONE to take ANYONE'S LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! Read the 10 Commandments, the Sixth Commandment reads - Thou Shall Not Murder. That is something that he will have to answer to on his judgment day, and like I said before when I said my piece to the judge - Robert and David will be there on that day. My son has to live the rest of his life WITHOUT his father, to whom he was inseparable with. Don't ever say that Lafayette was a victim - he took Robert's life and our family can NEVER get him back. I'm sorry - one person taking TWO peoples life's - that sounds like that someone is a victim within their own self.

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