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KINGSTON (WATE) - The daughter of a Roane County man is speaking out about his death and the recent indictment of his live-in girlfriend for murder.
James Cobb, 63, was shot once in the chest on April 4. He died three days later. Police have charged his girlfriend, Tammy Rosado, with second degree murder, but she has not spent a single night in jail.
Kingston police said they had a history of domestic violence calls to the home on Rosedale Ave., and that alcohol was involved in the shooting.
Three years ago, Ashley Griffith, Cobb's adult daughter, bought the house next door to her father.
"I wanted to move beside my dad because he was retired and I had a new job and he was going to help with his grandchildren," Griffith said.
Griffith said Cobb was a Vietnam veteran and former TVA employee.
"I loved my daddy and I know he loved me. He was a very good daddy," Griffith said.
She was not, however, fond of the lady in his life, Tammy Rosado.
Griffith said her father and his girlfriend had a rocky relationship and that Rosado lived with him on and off for several years.
In the middle of the night on April 4, Griffith awoke to commotion at her father's house. She ran over to check on him.
"He was on the couch and he was slumped over and he was extremely gray. I didn't understand what was going on," she said.
Police said Rosado called 9-1-1 reporting Cobb had shot himself, but when officers arrived, they said she admitted to pulling the trigger.
"I expected it. I expected it a long time ago," Griffith said.
Cobb was flown to UT Medical Center.
"The bullet lodged beside his spine and they said he would live from that because it didn't hit any major vital organs," Griffith said.
But then, infection set in. Cobb died 72 hours after he was shot, on the day before Easter.
Last week, a grand jury indicted Rosado for second-degree murder. Monday, she turned herself in. Her bond was reduced to $50,000 and she was out of jail 45 minutes later.
Griffith said that makes her worried for her safety and everyone else's.
"It's still a nightmare," she said. "I want to see full justice for my daddy. She deserves the full penalty."
We asked Rosado to comment on this story. She referred us to her attorney, who did not return our call.