Woman in court for part in 'Boom on the Bay' fatal stabbing

Woman in court for part in 'Boom on the Bay' fatal stabbing
Jessica Cobain in court Oct. 19 (Source: WTOL)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A woman who had a role in a fatal stabbing faced a judge Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Jessica Cobian lied to investigators about a murder at Maumee Bay State Park last summer.

Cobian refused to get on camera but did say that Maurice Clarke was a scary person who threatened her life if she didn't lie for him.

Clarke is sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of Karl Avery who was Cobain's former boyfriend. Clarke's brother Elijah Clarke will also spend time in prison for being an accomplice in the crime.

Cobian's attorney explained to Judge Gary Cook that she was forced to lie about the stabbing to police. It was later discovered that she wasn't even at the scene of the crime, but Cobian said Maurice threatened to kill her if she wasn't his alibi.

"She told them she was there at the scene of the incident and that she didn't see anything that happened or nothing bad happened she was clearly making up the story as she went along because of the fear she had from Maurice," said Jerry Philips, Cobian's attorney.

Judge Cook sentenced Cobian to probation for two years and was ordered to get tested for drugs and alcohol, and work toward getting her GED.

If Cobain doesn't comply with these terms, she will serve jail time.

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