Nia Wilson JOHN LEE COWELL HEARING
Getty Images

Man Who Killed Nia Wilson Thrown Out Of Court After Outburst During Murder Trial

Jurors were shown gruesome footage of the teen being stabbed to death. 

The trail for John Lee Cowell, the man who brutally murdered 18-year-old Bay Area teenager Nia Wilson, began in Oakland earlier this week with footage of her final moments. Cowell was thrown out of court at one point during the trial.

On Thursday (Feb. 6), a former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Andres Rocha testified about trying to save Wilson’s life after she was stabbed on a train platform at Oakland’s MacArthur BART station.

“I attempted to keep her heart beating,” Rocha recalled according to Fox affiliate KTVU. Rocha was outside the BART station assisting in another medical issues when commuters came running out of the station screaming that someone had a knife. Cowell was one of the people who ran past Rocha while pointing him in the direction of the train platform.

Prosecutors aim to prove that the fatal stabbing was premeditated, as Cowell not only stalked Wilson as she road the train, but attempted to throw authorities off by blending in with the crowd of BART commuters in the aftermath of the brutal murder, in addition to changing his clothes and getting rid of the murder weapon.

“Evil exists in this world,” Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Butch Ford said during opening statements on Wednesday (Feb. 5). “That evil causes terrible things to happen. The evil, in this case, has a name. That name is John Lee Cowell.”

Video from the gruesome murder reportedly showed Cowell following the teenager from one BART station to another before pulling out a knife and viciously stabbing her and her sister, Letifah Wilson, in the back of the neck on a BART train platform. Wilson’s sister was critically injured, but is expected to testify for the prosecution.

Cowell, who pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, was removed from the courtroom after having an outburst. He is charged with a special circumstance that, if convicted, will keep him in prison for life without parole. Wilson’s mother believes that Cowell intentionally created a courtroom distraction so he wouldn’t have to watch the gruesome video. Jurors were told not to pay attention to Cowell’s outburst.

Cowell’s lawyer claims that her client battles schizophrenia and that his mental illness triggered the fatal attack. “This is what you need to understand,” Christina Moore told jurors. “This is an incredibly difficult case to be fair in.”

Last year, a judge ruled that Cowell was mentally competent to stand trial.

See more on the trail in the video below.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman Died Without Will, Wife Files To Become Administrator Of His Estate

Chadwick Boseman died without having a will in place. On Thursday (Oct. 15), Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, filed probate documents in a Los Angeles Superior Court to become administrator of his estate, which is reportedly valued at $939,000 in personal property and assets.

Boseman, a resident of California but a native of South Carolina, is survived by Ledward and his parents, who were listed on the documents along with his wife. Per California law, the spouse inherits community property and splits any separate property with the parents of the deceased. Boseman likely had additional assets in a separate trust.

The 43-year-old actor passed away in August, following a four-year battle with colon cancer, which he kept secret from mostly everyone around him with the exception of a few people in his circle. Boseman and Ledward were first linked in 2015, and tied the knot sometime this year.

The Black Panther star thanked Ledward during his acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild last year. “Simone, you're with me every day,” he said at the time. “I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.”

 

Continue Reading
David Becker/Getty Images for Daylight Beach Club

Ice Cube Responds To Being Called A “Sell Out,” Denies Endorsing Donald Trump

Ice Cube has been fending off criticism for allegedly linking with Donald Trump to help him construct his “Platinum Plan” for Black America, but the West Coast rap legend says that he isn’t working with the president and responded to being called a “sell out” on social media.

When I got bus to school. Homies called me a sellout. When I started rapping in 1983. Bangers called me a sellout. When I left NWA. They called me a sellout. When I start doing movies. Rappers called me a sellout. When I started my own league. The arena said it was a sellout.😂

— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 16, 2020

Cube has been making the media rounds speaking to Rolling Stone, CNN's Cuomo Prime Time and Roland Martin over the last two days. In an interview with Martin on Thursday (Oct. 15), Cube discussed his Contract with Black America and clarified that he has not endorsed Trump, or worked with him in any capacity. However, Cube explained that Trump’s administration reached out to him about the CWBA, and apparently used some of his ideas for the “Platinum Plan.”

When asked to outline the similarities between both proposals, Cube seemed as though he was reviewing Trump’s “Platinum Plan” for the first time.

This was Ice Cube, tonight, stumbling and stammering trying to answer what was good in Trump’s plan for black people 🥴 pic.twitter.com/hC1OIn7AB3

— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) October 16, 2020

According to Politico, Cube traveled to Washington D.C. for a three-hour meeting with Jared Kushner and other senior Trump advisers. The story suggests that the meeting with Cube shows the extent to which Trump will go in hopes of making Black voters a centerpiece of his re-election bid.

Cube connected with Kushner through a mutual associate of his business partner Jeff Kwatinetz -- who is also the former business partner of ex-Trump strategist, Steven Bannon. Cube and his team reportedly continued meeting with Trump’s aides via conference call, and an additional in-person meeting (Cube did not attend).

The 51-year-old rapper-actor said that he was also contacted by Joe Biden’s campaign, but was told that the campaign wanted to wait until after the presidential election to get deeper into the CWBA.

Watch Cube’s full interview with Martin’s Unfiltered below.

 

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Nicki Minaj Confirms Giving Birth, Reveals Baby’s Gender

Nicki Minaj confirmed that she gave birth in an Instagram posts thanking Beyoncé, Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, and more for sending gifts congratulating her on becoming a first-time mom.

Minaj also revealed that she welcomed a son with husband Kenneth Perry. “Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me,” she wrote on Thursday (Oct. 15) before gushing over her baby boy. “I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo [sic] boy in the whole wide world.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world. 🥳🧸🎁🎈

A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Oct 15, 2020 at 9:41am PDT

Prior to posting about her son, Minaj announced that she will be featured on Sada Baby’s “Whole Lotta Choppas” remix dropping at midnight.

The song marks the latest collaboration for the Queens rapper after hopping on Tekashi 69’s “Trollz” single, and Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix,  the latter of which earned Minaj her first No. 1 single.

Continue Reading

Top Stories