Suspect in Texas Fatal Stabbing Was Acquitted of Sex Assault

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Court documents: Zoe Hastings was stabbed, found dead outside of minivan.

DALLAS (AP) – A man accused of abducting an 18-year-old Dallas woman while she was on her way to church, stabbing her and leaving her to die was acquitted of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl earlier this year. DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Zoe Hastings, the teen who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this month, was stabbed and left near a creek, according to new information released in court documents Tuesday. Antonio Cochran, 34, is charged with capital murder in the death of Zoe Hastings, whose body was found Oct. 12 near her vehicle, which was in a creek.

A search warrant affidavit released Tuesday afternoon said the 18-year-old’s body was left next to her minivan, not inside of it as previously reported. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Hastings was last seen by her family when she left her home on October 11 for a class at the Dallas Texas East Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Police returned from Cochran’s apartment with a piece of carpet, a rug, several pocket knives, a container of clothes, tennis shoes, a cellphone and a blanket and pillows, according to court documents.

Investigators learned that Hastings drove to a nearby Walgreens Drug Store to return a movie she rented from a Red Box, where a witness reported seeing a man speaking to the teenager getting into her minivan around the time she disappeared. The search warrant directed officers to seize all knives and cutting instruments from an apartment on the 5300 block of Amesbury Drive, believing the weapon used to kill the teen may have been stored at the residence. Officers were to also search for any instrument that could be used to incapacitate a person while also recovering blood, fingerprints, hair, DNA, tissue, fibers and electronic devices. Cochran matched the description to the man who was seen driving away from the Walgreens with Hastings, cops said. “We gave this information to our detectives assigned to the U.S.

His attorney in that case, Rick Shumaker, told The Dallas Morning News that witnesses and even weather conditions contradicted the 17-year-old accuser in Bowie County. Marshalls Fugitive Apprehension Team and in less than eight hours, they were able to locate and arrest him in an apartment in northeast Dallas,” said Maj. Geron said the motives for the abduction and murder were unclear, but said: “He’s obviously a sexual predator that’s been taken off the streets not to do this again.” “This family, as you can imagine, is grieving, but is also happy about the way that this community came together, because it representative of the way that Zoe lived her life, a life that she lived for others, recognizing a power that was greater than herself,” the Hastings family spokeswoman Shonn Brown said during a press conference. “There’s a sense of relief, obviously.

Shumaker said he hadn’t heard from his former client since Cochran got released after he was credited with time served in a related methamphetamine possession case. At the same time, that’s not what we were most concerned about,” Hastings’ father, Jim Hastings, told WFAA. “What we’re most concerned about is that our children are going to be able to go back to school and that they’re going to be able to handle the loss of their sister.”

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