As we head to Halloween, there is a chilling case out of Ohio where Chillicothe police say that Donnie Cochenour Jr., 27, got a seasonal break (at least temporarily) on detecting his alleged murder of Rebecca J. Cade, 31. Cade’s body was left hanging on a fence and was mistaken by neighbors as a Halloween decoration.
The “decoration” was found by a man walking his dog and reported by construction workers. A large rock was found with blood on it nearby.
Donnie Cochenour Jr., 27, was later arrested and ordered held on $2 million bond after he pleaded not guilty to murder.
Cade apparently knew Cochenour since he was a child — a relationship going back 20 years. Cochenour reportedly admitted that he he had had a physical altercation in the field. Police found a blood trail that indicates that Cade was running from Cochenour and tried to climb the fence in an attempt to get away. She was found hanging from her sleeve and is believed to have died on the fence from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Her body exhibited “defensive wounds.”
When police arrested Cochenour, they found blood on is clothing.
Given the evidence and statements to the police, the case would appear ripe for a plea bargain.