Andrew Cochran Pleads "Not Guilty"
Christopher Andrew Cochran has pleaded "not guilty" at his Marion County arraignment on charges of Capital Murder. Cochran, an auto parts store manager from Hamilton, is the first in the state to be prosecuted under Hollie's Law, legislation named for a Lauderdale County woman who was murdered by her lover in the presence of their children.
It was originally believed that Cochran, 29, would claim self defense; however, his official plea is "not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect." The Hamilton man has remained in the Marion County Jail since the Christmas day shooting of Jose' Garcia in the parking lot of the Hamilton Police Department. Charged with a capital crime since the victim's two children were present, he is not being offered bond.