The trial of a woman charged in connection with the 2014 murder, dismemberment, and dumping of 53-year-old Michigan resident Christopher Regan in Iron County, MI will continue on Friday with testimony from even more prosecution witnesses.
Kelly Marie Cochran, 34, faces multiple charges related to the death of Regan, who police have said they believe was shot and killed by Cochran’s late husband after he came home to “find” Regan with her. Police say the entire “caught in the act” thing was simply a ruse and Regan was lured to the home where he was murdered. Cochran is accused of then helping chop up Regan’s body and dumping it in the deep woods in northern Michigan.
On Thursday, the prosecution called a man who was friends with Cochran and her then-husband and spoke with them in the days after Regan disappeared. According to the witness, Cochran repeatedly said things like the police would never find the body and was otherwise acting strangely as police started their search. The friend thought is was especially odd that Cochran and her husband left the Iron County area in the time after Regan vanished.
The prosecution also called a police officer who testified that a review of Cochran’s phone records showed a cellphone she had access to “pinged” in the area near where Regan’s body was eventually found.
On Friday, the prosecution is expected to call the lead investigator in the case, former police chief Laura Frizzo, who was fired in the aftermath of the Regan investigation. Her testimony is expected to last most of Friday and even into Monday of next week.
Nearly 16 months after Regan’s death, police in Indiana accused Cochran of killing her then-husband (the man police say shot Regan), and of attempting to cover up the death as though it was a heroin overdose. She faces separate charges in Indiana related to that death and while in jail she has reportedly claimed responsibility for additional deaths, though police have been unable to verify any additional claims at this time.
The trial in Michigan is expected to last up to three weeks.
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