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Update: No Motive Yet in Murder of Gay Houston Couple in Galveston

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James Larry Cosby
Update 3/13, 5p.m.: Galveston County Sheriff's Deputies today arrested the father of one of the murder victims, Britney Cosby, at the home the victims shared with him and his mother. Sheriff Henry Trochesset said there is a strong possibility James Larry Cosby could be charged with capital murder.

"We went to his residence last night and we started noticing evidence, and it became a secondary crime scene, said Trochesset. He wouldn't elaborate on the type of evidence that was found since this is an ongoing investigation.

Investigators have said they believe the bodies of the two women were transported from another location to the area in Port Bolivar where they were discovered over the weekend.

Cosby,46, was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of his daughter and Crystal Jackson. He has not been charged with murder. He's being held in the Galveston County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Original story: Investigators in Galveston County aren't ready to call it a hate crime yet, since they're still seeking answers on a motive in the murder of a gay couple from Houston.

Yesterday afternoon, relatives of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson were joined by Quanell X at the Port Bolivar site where the bodies of the slain women were dumped. It was a moment of prayer and call for justice in the killings.

Authorities released a composite sketch of a suspect who was with the girls. They are also looking for Cosby's 2006 Kia Sorento. "He would have been last seen with the girls and in their vehicle," Sheriff Henry Trochesset said in a statement.

The Galveston Daily News reported on the autopsy results released this week.

Britney Cosby, 24, died of blunt force trauma, and Crystal Jackson, 24, was shot to death, Maj. Darrell Isaacks [of the Galveston Sheriff's Office] said. Both women were killed sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday and about 7:45 a.m. Friday, when a beer deliveryman found their bodies near a metal garbage container outside a store in Port Bolivar, a little more than a mile from the Galveston-Bolivar ferry, Isaacks said.

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