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 continued on Monday with testimony from the several 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 in accused of then helping chop up Regan’s body and dumping it in the deep woods in northern Michigan.
On Monday, Cochran’s lawyer began his cross-examination of the lead investigator in the case, former police chief Laura Frizzo.
Defense lawyer Michael Scholke questioned Frizzo about Cochran’s initial comments about the killing Regan. According to the testimony, Cochran initially told investigators that she blacked out after getting caught in a compromising situation with Regan. Cochran also initially said she only realized Regan was dead after she woke back up from her blackout.
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. Frizzo’s cross-examination will continue on Tuesday.
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