Dallas cops arrest alleged killer of teen who disappeared during her drive to …

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Arrest Made In Zoe Hastings Murder Case.

DNA evidence links a 34-year-old man to the abduction and murder of 18-year-old Zoe Hastings near White Rock Lake earlier this month, police said Saturday.

Antonio Lamar Cochran, who recently moved to the Dallas area from Texarkana, Texas, has been charged with capital murder and is being held in the Dallas County Jail with bail set at $2.5 million. Police say Cochran abducted Hastings on Oct. 11 when she left her family’s home for a class at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on East Lake Highlands Drive. DNA evidence collected at the crime scene led to the arrest Saturday morning. “I want to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Hastings family for their patience and support in what I can only imagine is the most difficult event they’ve ever been through,” Geron said. A witness told police they saw a man speaking to a blonde woman in a white minivan at that Walgreens around the time Hastings disappeared. “The witness describes seeing the male get into that minivan in the driver’s seat and the female moving over to the passenger seat”, said Max Geron of the Police Department. Once given to detectives assigned to the case, it took less than eight hours to find and arrest Cochran in an apartment in northeast Saturday morning.

Public records show Cochran’s criminal history dates to 1998 and includes convictions for felony theft, misdemeanor assault, felony burglary of a building and felony trespassing. The manner in which the entire community has banded together for the goal of honoring Zoe’s life and seeking to find the truth and justice is representative of how Zoe lived her life loving others and recognizing a power greater than herself. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Cochran was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2014, but was acquitted by a jury in Bowie County, Texas, earlier this year, TXKtoday.com reported. A manager at a Hooters in Texarkana confirmed that he had worked there as a cook, but she said he hadn’t been employed there for at least three months. On Oct. 17, the same day that more than a thousand people attended Hastings’ funeral, Cochran posted photos to Facebook that show him attending a funeral for someone he called his mother.

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