I killed my coke-fiend husband in self-defense, Harlem nurse Donna Cobb claims
BY Jefferson Siegel and Oren Yaniv
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 4:00 AM
Slaying suspect Donna Cobb says she used a ceramic statue to kill her husband.
A Harlem nurse who told cops she killed her abusive, coke-fiend husband with a ceramic statue was a battered woman acting in self-defense, her lawyers said Monday.
Donna Cobb, 42, suffered unending abuse at the hands of her husband of 10 years, Kevin Cobb, the lawyers said as her trial got underway.
Prosecutors painted a different picture.
"Kevin Cobb may not have been a husband or father any of us would want to have," Assistant District Attorney Michele Bayer told the jury.
Still, she added, the father of their six children didn't deserve his fate.
"She plunged [a] knife 3 inches into his chest," Bayer said.
Prosecutors attacked Donna Cobb's credibility, pointing out that she gave three accounts of the slaying, initially saying she bashed Kevin with the elephant statue.
The truth, they said, is that the murder weapon was a butter knife.
Kevin Cobb, a 39-year-old cocaine addict, had served time in prison before returning home to his wife and their six kids, her lawyer Earl Ward said.