Investigators aren’t ruling out anti-gay bias as a motive in the murder of a lesbian couple whose bodies were found near Galveston last week.
“We don’t know if it’s a carjacking, we don’t know if it’s some kind of hate crime because of their lifestyle. We’re just trying to narrow our leads,” Galveston County sheriff’s Maj. Darrell Isaaks told Lone Star Q on Tuesday.
Isaaks noted that Galveston has seen its share of anti-gay hate crimes and has a large LGBT community.
The bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24 and from Houston, were found near a Dumpster outside a convenience store in Port Bolivar on Friday morning. Autopsy results released Tuesday showed Cosby died from blunt force trauma to the head, and Jackson died from a gunshot wound. On Sunday, the sheriff’s office posted a composite sketch of the suspect after he was seen driving the couple’s Kia Sorrento with paper tags.
“We’re just trying to follow up on leads. We’re just drawing blanks,” Isaaks said Tuesday. “We don’t know where they were actually killed. They were definitely brought over through the ferry.”
Isaaks said the couple told family members in Houston they were going around the corner to get a drink before disappearing last Wednesday. He said he believes the suspect may have killed them in Houston and transported their bodies to Galveston County to dump them.
Cosby and Jackson had been together for two years, and Jackson was the mother of a 5-year-old.
Equality Texas issued a statement about the murder Tuesday afternoon.
“Equality Texas is deeply saddened by this murder and our hearts and prayers are with Ms. Cosby’s and Ms. Jackson’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck Smith said. “For many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community this is a stark reminder that nearly a third of Texas’ hate crimes are motivated by bias against sexual orientation. A report issued last year by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that 73.1% of all anti-LGBT homicide victims in 2012 were people of color.
“I have faith that the Galveston County Sheriff’s department is working hard to bring closure to this senseless tragedy and will work with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Justice to fully investigate,” Smith said.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s tipline at 866-248-8477 or Galveston County Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477.