The trial of Craig R. Cosby was held last week in Superior Court. Mr. Cosby was charged with First Degree Murder in the killing of his wife Susan on October 3, 2009, in Marcus, Washington. Judge Nielson presided at the trial which was attended each day by about 30 friends, family and neighbors.
After jury selection on Monday, the state presented evidence from people who had seen Susan Cosby in the days leading up to and including the day of the killing. They testified she was in the process of leaving Mr. Cosby. The jury heard the 911 call that was made about 5:00 p.m. in which Mr. Cosby stated, “I have just shot and killed my wife.” The surprised 911 operator responded with the question, “Why did you do that,” to which Mr. Cosby replied, “She just kept pushing and pushing till she pushed me over the edge.”
The jury learned of the crime scene investigation through the testimony of detectives from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol. They saw photos of the crime scene. Some of the evidence was sent to the WSP Crime Laboratory for testing and analysis. Mr. Glenn Davis of the lab analyzed Susan’s clothing for gunshot residue and testified that no bullets were fired from closer than six feet.
Dr. John Howard from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office testified that 10 shots hit Susan Cosby. The bed upon which her body was found had been penetrated by six bullets. It was exhibited to the jury.
Craig Cosby testified and claimed there had been an argument between he and Susan and that she had pushed a door which hit his arm and hand. He said he never saw a gun in Susan’s hand, but acted in self-defense when he saw her reach down and thought she was reaching for a gun. He stated he could not remember shooting. Though she did own a handgun, it was found near the doorway where Mr. Cosby stood, on the other side of the small bedroom from the bed. It was not within her reach.
The jury rejected his claim of self-defense and convicted Mr. Cosby of Premeditated Murder. The jury found as enhancements, that a firearm had been used and that this was a crime of domestic violence.
Sentencing is set for April 17. Mr. Cosby faces a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.