Investigators detail Cole confession in murder trial - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Investigators detail Cole confession in murder trial

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Testimony continued for the second day in the Stanley Cole murder trial Thursday. The 26-year-old is accused of murdering Jackson State student Latasha Norman back in 2007.

The morning began with testimony from Cole's former live-in girlfriend, Simone Harris.

Harris testified that she saw blood on Cole's shirt the same day Latasha disappeared.  She recounted the days around the time Latasha vanished, saying she never noticed anything different in Stanley Cole's behavior.

Prosecutors believe Cole put Latasha's body in the trunk of Harris's car in an attempt to cover up his involvement in the murder.

During the afternoon session, Investigator Juan Cloy of the Jackson Police Department,  testified that he interviewed Stanley Cole in Greenville Mississippi days after Latasha vanished.

Cloy said that Cole initially denied any involvement, then finally confessed to another investigator days later, detailing where he dumped Latasha's body. Cloy was the first to discover her body.

"I noticed a cardboard box covering her upper torso and head area.  I saw she was nude from the waist down, said Cloy."

In opening arguments, defense attorneys told jurors that Stanley Cole caused Latasha Norman's death, but that it wasn't murder. They're hoping jurors return a manslaughter conviction, which would give him up to 20 years to serve. A murder conviction could mean life in prison.

Testimony in the case resumes Friday morning.

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