Man suspected in stabbing found dead
A Lake Dallas man suspected of stabbing a relative late Saturday was found dead Monday night in Lewisville Lake.
Divers with the Lewisville Fire Department recovered the body of Jack Vernon Cochran, 52, who was found floating a few hundred yards from Sneaky Pete’s restaurant at Eagle Point Marina at about 7:45 p.m. Monday, officials said.
Cochran was the victim of an accidental drowning, according to Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County. Toxicology test results are pending.
Cochran had been missing since late Saturday. The search for him began after an aggravated assault call came into the sheriff’s office shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.
Cochran died sometime after he stabbed a family member while boating on the lake around Queens Point — an area near Hickory Creek’s Westlake Park.
Investigators declined to identify the stabbing victim, age 28. He was taken by air ambulance from Lakeview Marina to Parkland hospital in Dallas, officials said. He was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, according to Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.
Cochran was no longer on board the boat when it came in to the dock with the victim aboard, according to a news release. He was believed to be the sole suspect in the case of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on the lake Saturday, Brackeen said.
Game Warden Daron Blackerby said officials searched the waters until 3 a.m. Sunday and were not able to find Cochran. Investigators found his body Monday evening. He was not wearing a life jacket and no weapons were found on him, investigators said.
According to county records, Cochran had a past criminal history, including serving time at the county jail last year for driving while intoxicated.
Cochran was married, but investigators said his wife did not want to comment on her husband’s death. He was unemployed, she told investigators.
Brackeen said the investigation was ongoing and no further details about what started the incident were made available.
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