The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

January 24, 2014

Wood: Cobb 'unloaded' gun on Smith

ANDERSON — Jonathan Wood testified Thursday in the Malcolm Cobb murder trial, claiming Cobb shot Spencer Smith and then made up a self-defense story later that night.

Jonathan, unlike his older brother Joshua Wood who testified Wednesday, said he was in Smith's residence the entire time. He said an argument over whether Smith raped a woman broke out soon after the Wood brothers and Cobb walked into Smith's duplex on Jan. 29, 2013.

Jonathan Wood said Cobb held a knife to Smith's neck, accusing him of raping an 18-year-old woman. When Joshua Wood told Cobb to stop, Cobb put the knife to his neck.

While Cobb was threatening Joshua Wood, Smith got up and went to his room. Jonathan said his brother went outside and Cobb followed Smith into the bedroom.

Jonathan said he heard a commotion in the room and stood in the doorway.

"I saw Cobb with a gun against Spencer's shoulder," Wood said. "And he said 'you've got five seconds to open the safe or I'm going to shoot you.'"

Smith couldn't get the safe open so Cobb shot him in the shoulder, Wood said, and when Smith stood up Cobb "unloaded" the gun on him.

Jonathan Wood's account matched up fairly well with the account his brother gave a day earlier in court, including the self-defense story Cobb allegedly made up.

Jonathan said after they took a taxi back to Anderson and opened up the safe, Cobb asked him to shoot him in the shoulder to make it look like Smith had shot him. When Jonathan refused, Cobb took a knife and cut his clothes to make it look like he had been attacked. Jurors on Thursday got to see the shirt Cobb was wearing that night with visible knife marks on it.

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