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Judge: Jailed man can attend wife's funeral

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Darryl Enriquez
May 11, 2011
— A Walworth County judge ruled Tuesday that William A. Cobb, who is suspected in a fatal truck crash that killed his father-in-law, should be released from jail to attend his wife's funeral in Tennessee.

Judge Robert Kennedy ruled that Cobb could be released on a signature bond.


The sheriff of the Tennessee county where Cobb has reportedly lived his entire life sent a letter of recommendation to Kennedy, saying that Cobb would return to court in Walworth County to face charges related to the fatal crash.


Cobb is charged with homicide while driving under the influence of a painkiller and homicide by negligent use of a vehicle.


A family member, who asked not to be identified, said after the bail hearing that Cobb’s wife, Debra, died at a local hospital of a lung ailment.


Cobb, 48, of Lewisburg, Tenn., does not have a criminal record, has lived at his current address for 15 years and has worked for Southern Carriers trucking for 10 years.


Based on his stable history, the letter from a sheriff and the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office not objecting to the release, Kennedy said he was confident Cobb would return to resolve the charges against him.


The spokesman said Debra Cobb was released from a the hospital the day before the April 27 crash that killed her father at Highway 12 and McLean Road in Geneva Township.


She went to Walworth County the next day to help her husband and make funeral arrangements for her father, but she died the following day. Her funeral could be as soon as today or Thursday.


Cobb was charged Friday with the death of his father-in-law, Gene E. Moshier, also of Tennessee. Moshier flew into the front window of the semitrailer tractor that Cobb was driving when it struck an embankment and slid down a hill.


Authorities reported they found a Fetanyl patch on Cobb’s body. Fetanyl is a painkiller that’s reportedly more powerful than morphine.


Cobb’s lawyer told Kennedy the company that Cobb drives for performed its own blood test on Cobb about four hours after the wreck. The test found that Cobb was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fentanyl is a synthetic substance.


The court is awaiting results on blood samples taken by police and sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory.



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