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Convicted murderess faces July trial for husband's smothering after she allegedly 'evened the score'

Convicted murderess faces July trial for husband's smothering after she allegedly 'evened the score'


CROWN POINT — A woman who murdered her boyfriend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is scheduled for trial in Lake County on allegations she later smothered her husband at their home in Hobart.

Kelly M. Cochran, 35, pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court.

She is accused of injecting Jason Cochran, 37, with heroin and then smothering him two years ago, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a pretrial conference June 6. Cochran is scheduled for trial July 9.

The overdose was reported Feb. 20, 2016, at the couple's home in the 7100 block of Mississippi Street in Hobart, the affidavit states.

Cochran was hysterical at the scene, paramedics told police, but later admitted to a Hobart police detective she murdered him.

She also confessed she and her husband murdered Christopher Regan, 53, in Iron River, Michigan. She said she lured Regan to her home Oct. 14, 2014, under the guise of a sexual encounter, and Jason Cochran shot him in the head with a .22 caliber rifle.

She said her husband dismembered the body and dumped it in the woods of Iron River. Kelly Cochran was convicted last February of murder in Michigan and sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Cochran told the Hobart detective she killed her husband as “revenge” for Regan's murder, the affidavit states.

“I still hate him, and yes, it was revenge, I evened the score,” she told the detective.

She said said she lacked feeling or emotion, and looked to others to understand how to react in situations. She said she did not lose a moment sleep over her husband's death, the affidavit states.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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