MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state parole board denied a parole
today for a former state trooper who admitted murdering his trooper
girlfriend nearly 20 years ago.
The board said Joe Duncan will have to wait the maximum five years before he comes up for parole consideration again. By then, Duncan will be only a few months away from the end of his 25-year sentence for the murder of Elizabeth Cobb.
Cobb was shot three times in the head while taking a break from
her patrol duties near Selma in 1987.
Her mother, Edith Cobb of West Jefferson, attended the parole board hearing Tuesday and said it's a relief to know Duncan is going to serve five more years.
State Attorney General Troy King, present and former Dallas County prosecutors, and top officials of the state Department of Public Safety showed up at the parole hearing to support the Cobb family. No one showed up in support of Duncan.
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