Florida lesbian found guilty of shooting

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 17 2003 12:00 AM ET

A 62-year-old Pensacola, Fla., bank teller has been convicted of attempted murder for shooting her estranged lesbian partner and another woman who tried to stop the attack in a church parking lot. A jury on Wednesday rejected Andrea Cobb's claim that she had been insane on April 28, 2002, when she shot Joyce Anderson, who had recently ended their 14-year relationship, in the hand and Nancy Browning in the stomach. Browning is partially paralyzed from a bullet that is lodged near her spine. Cobb faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life on counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder. Sentencing is set for June 10. "I think justice has been served, and I'm feeling good about it," Browning said. "I am a Christian person, and I believe what the Bible says. You're supposed to forgive, and I did forgive her a long time ago, but I didn't want her to walk away as if nothing happened."

The shootings occurred after Cobb and Anderson exited the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church after they had attended a Sunday service. The denomination was established primarily to meet the spiritual needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Browning, also a church member, stepped between the two women in a futile effort to prevent Cobb from shooting Anderson.