|Conviction in Jackson State Student's Murder|
|By Tiffany Edmondson -- Black College Wire|
Justice that was long awaited by the Latasha Norman family was finally served when her ex-boyfriend Stanley Cole was sentenced to life in prison. On Monday February 22, a Hinds county jury found Cole guilty of the 2007 murder of Norman.
Norman was last seen alive leaving her class at Jackson State University in November of 2007. According to court documents, Cole told investigators that he and Norman left JSU and went riding in a car belonging to his new girlfriend.
Two weeks later after a nationwide search for her whereabouts and body, Stanley Cole finally confessed to detectives of the Jackson Police Department that he did kill Norman.
After admitting to killing Norman, Cole finally told JPD where Norman’s body was located. Police found her body in a wooded area near Tougaloo College. Norman’s badly decomposed body was dismembered and covered up with a cardboard box. Evidence from Norman’s autopsy showed that she had a stab womb in her chest which was inconclusive with Cole’s report of head trauma.
During the trial, Cole did not testify on his behalf. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith said that Cole should be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Cole’s lawyer, Matt Eichelberger, said he should be convicted of manslaughter instead.
Both, the prosecution and Cole’s defense team questioned the witnesses and the detectives that were involved in the case. Eichelberger argued that Cole did not intend to kill Norman and therefore he should be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
This spring during the graduation ceremony, JSU is planning to give Norman an honorary degree.
Tiffany Edmondson writes for The Blue & White Flash, the Jackson State University student newspaper, which originally published this article.
|Posted Mar. 01, 2010|
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