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Mayes County woman convicted of murder in husband's death

Wendy Cobb, of Mayes County, is convicted of murder in connection with her husband's death in an arson-related fire in April 2009.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: October 27, 2011

— A Mayes County woman was convicted of murder in the death of her husband, and the jury recommended she serve a life sentence with the chance of parole, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

After a weeklong trial, the jury deliberated three-and-a-half hours before finding Wendy Cobb guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Michael Cobb.

Michael Cobb, a firefighter, died April 28, 2009, in an arson-related house fire.

Wendy Cobb, 46, will have to serve 38 years and three months in prison before she is eligible for parole, said Jessica Villalva, Mayes County assistant district attorney.

“She will be well into her 80s,” Villalva said.

The Cobbs were going through a heated divorce and custody battle of their 6-year-old twins, a boy and girl, Villalva said.

The couple had various property and life insurance polices that when cashed in would have paid out $1.2 million when Michael Cobb died, Villalva said. Out of the payout, $270,000 was earmarked for the couple's home mortgage, she said.

Michael Cobb told his insurance company to put a note in his file that if something were to happen to him, they were to instruct police to look at his wife or the “thug boyfriend,” Villalva said.

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