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Clifton Cook - admits he was "very jealous" when he killed Joseph Brown


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Clifton H. Cook, a former Cummins employee, was accused of killing his girlfriends, Amber Lin Guillaume Liberati, boyfriend, Joseph Brown in her home on Balsam Court here in Columbus.

Cook admitted he shot Joseph as an act of passion during his pretrial conference Monday. His decision to shoot and kill Brown could land him in jail for 30+ years provided the judge says OK to his plea agreement.

Initially court was set for jury trial on August 21, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.; change of plea hearing for August 6, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. and a pretrial conference for July 23, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. It was in the pretrial conference Clifton just let it all out of the bag, changing his plea from not guilty to guilty.

During the pretrial conference Cook, read a document that he, his attorney and prosecutors agreed upon as the facts of the case, Cook said he sent text messages to Amber as he drank about three-quarters of a bottle of cognac at a friend’s house on Franklin Street.

“As I continued drinking and became more and more intoxicated, those text messages became more and more provocative, as I tried to get a response out of Amber,”

Cook knew Brown was at Ambers home so he decided to go to her house shortly after midnight on Oct. 7.

When Cook arrived at her home, he took a gun he had in his car and fired three shots: the first into a work van that Cook believed belonged to Brown and a second through the glass of the home’s front door.

Cook didn't fire the third shot until he entered Ambers home, that is when Joseph Brown was coming out of Liberati’s bedroom.

“In my jealous rage, I fired a single shot in the direction of Mr. Brown,” Cook said.

That is when Cook left the house and returned to his friend’s home on Franklin Street, not learning until the next day that Brown had been killed.


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