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March 9, 2013

'I'm ready to die.'

LAST INTERVIEW: From Death Row, convicted capital murderer Richard Aaron Cobb of Cherokee County expresses remorse and disappointment for his crimes and his life.

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Cobb, who said he was adopted, indicated he also is in the process of communicating with his birth mother, whom he has never met. He said he hopes she will come visit him before the execution.

He said he grew up in Jacksonville and even attended high school there for a short time before moving to Rusk and attending high school there. He dropped out halfway through his senior year, he said.

In and out of jail as a youth, Cobb said he disqualified himself from fulfilling a dream of joining the military because of his felony convictions.

At the time of his conviction, Cobb had been working as a temp for a local firm, performing labor tasks in the area.

Cobb said every day he spends on Death Row is grimmer than the next. Every morning he wakes up and thinks, “Wow. How great it is to wake up in the cold reality of this jail again,” he said.

He has many regrets.

“Constantly,” Cobb said. “You survey ever single mistake you've ever made over and over again. It doesn't stop. Every day. There's regret in the water. Regret every time you look in the mirror. That's just part of life. There's no escaping it.”

He looks back at the last year of his life prior to prison with guilt and regret.

“The damage, the regret, the remorse,” he said. “I wish I could go back and make this never have happened. Just change it all.”

Cobb said he hopes his victims have been able to heal over the years.

“I hope they have found some ability to heal and, you know, deal with the anger and hatred directed at me,” he said. “I hope it has been able to resolve itself over the years.”

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