New developments have been made in the double homicide of two lesbian women of color. Last month, long time couple Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson lost their lives in a grisly murder in Port Bolivar, Texas. Locals and community organizers have been rallying in order to seek answers, justice, and closure and an arrest was made days later—Britney's father, James Larry Cosby.
James was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, as it appeared the murders took place in his house, though the women's bodies were found outside of a convenience store dumpster. His daughter was beaten to death and Crystal, the mother of a five-year-old girl, was fatally shot.
Just this week, though, it's been reported that the couple's 2006 Kia Sorento, which was believed to have gone missing in connection with the murders, has been located. Abandoned at a strip club and eventually discovered at the DeWitt Wrecker Service storage lot in Houston, the car was found to contain a crime scene.
Major Darrell Isaacks of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office told BuzzFeed, "Our investigators found some blood. They are processing the car now and seeing if they can find any more evidence in there." He added, "we still have a lot to do to determine who killed these two girls," but that finding the car "helps connect the dots."
James is currently being held on $500,000 bail in the Galveston County jail, but ELIXHER reported that investigators "expect to upgrade the charges to capital murder after forensic tests are completed."
Earlier this month, a candlelight vigil was held for the couple at the University of Houston, organized by the school's Student Feminist Organization, Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter, Women's Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Global, and NAACP chapter, as well as Equality Texas, Texas Freedom Network, and the Montrose Center. Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn (Women's Gender & Sexuality postdoctoral fellow at UH), Tamira "Augie" Augustine (Epsilon Xi Gamma, Inc.), Rev. Ernie Turney (Bering Memorial United Methodist Church), and Monica Roberts (GLAAD Media Award nominee for her blog, TransGriot) all spoke at the event. Despite displays of ongoing grassroots organizing and support, national mainstream media continue to ignore what has happened to Britney and Crystal.
GLAAD continues to closely follow this case as it develops and to bring national attention to Britney and Crystal, and violence against LGBT women of color at large. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, more than 73% of all anti-LGBT homicide victims in 2012 were people of color.
Galveston County Crime Stoppers has set up a reward fund, to which you can donate. Call the Galveston County Sheriff's Office tip line at 866-248-8477 if you have any information about the murders of Britney and Crystal or their stolen silver 2006 Kia Sorrento car.