Daughter sues dad’s accused shooter

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By Damon Lawrence

A woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend is being sued for $1 million in connection with his death.

Tammy Ellen Rosado is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of James Ronald Cobb.

His daughter, Ashley Marie Griffith, is seeking $1 million in damages from Rosado in the lawsuit filed March 22 in Roane County Circuit Court.

“This action is brought ... for the wrongful death of James Ronald Cobb as the legal and proximate result of the intentional homicidal assault perpetrated upon him by the defendant,” the lawsuit said.

Rosado and Cobb lived at 814 Rosedale Ave. According to Kingston police, she called 911 around 1 a.m on April 4, 2012, and reported that Cobb had shot himself.

Police heard differently, however, when they arrived at the residence.

“Kingston Police Sgt. Bo Smith and Officer Mark Coffey, the first persons on the scene, both heard Mr. Cobb say that Tammy had shot him,” an arrest warrant said.

Cobb, 63, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

He died on April 7, 2012.

A day after the shooting, Rosado went to the Kingston Police Department with attorney Mike Ritter.

“Mr. Ritter said he thinks the defendant was trying to get the gun away from Cobb, and it accidentally discharged,” the warrant said. “The defendant tacitly agreed.”

Rosado was originally charged with aggravated domestic assault, but the state elected not to prosecute her on that charge.

The second-degree murder indictment was returned against her last June. The case is still pending.

Griffith is represented by Kingston attorney Browder Williams. According to the lawsuit, Rosado shot Cobb one time in the chest with a 22LR blue steel revolver.

“As the legal and proximate result of the intentional act of the defendant the decedent suffered extreme pain, agony and emotional distress prior to his death,” the lawsuit said.

“Further, expenses were incurred for the necessary medical treatment that he received prior to his death.”

The lawsuit said Griffith is seeking reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses and for being deprived of the love, affection, society and consortium of her father.

“The defendant acted willfully, wrongfully, maliciously, recklessly and intentionally in killing the decedent and causing the injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff and should be punished appropriately both for her actions and as an example to others in the community,” the lawsuit said.

Rosado has yet to file an answer to the lawsuit.