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Father of victim in Texas double homicide arrested in connection with murders

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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PORT BOLIVAR, Texas — The father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week has been arrested in connection with their murders.

James Crosby

James Crosby

James Larry Cosby, 46, of Houston, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in the deaths of his daughter, Britney Cosby and her girlfriend Crystal Jackson, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Cosby is in the Galveston County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Charges against him, deputies added, may be upgraded to capital murder as the investigation continues, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Galveston County sheriff’s Maj. Darrell Isaacks told Lone Star Q on Thursday that “the family was not happy with the girls’ lifestyle that they led,” but declined to say whether or not that was a factor in their deaths.

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Isaacks said family members who objected to the relationship included both James Cosby and Jackson’s father, who reportedly is a preacher.

The couple lived with James Cosby in a home owned by Britney Cosby’s elderly grandmother. Isaacks said detectives now believe the murder took place in the home.

The two women, who had been together for two years, were found dead outside a Port Bolivar convenience store last week. Cosby, 24, died of blunt force trauma, and Jackson, 24, was shot to death, according to preliminary autopsy reports.

Police are still searching for the silver 2006 Kia Sorrento driven by Britney Cosby.

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