Zoe Hastings Murder Suspect Has Lengthy Criminal Past

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DALLAS --  The man suspected of kidnapping and killing 18-year-old Zoe Hastings has been arrested. 34-year-old Antonio Lamar Cochran is charged with capital murder. His bond is set at $2.5 million.


Courtesy: Dallas Co. jail

Cochran is no stranger to the system. A quick search online reveals he has a lengthy criminal history, and served time in Bowie County, that's 160-miles northeast of Dallas.

His record includes convictions for felony theft, burglary of a building and misdemeanor assault of a family member.

What’s more, a report in the Texarkana Gazette notes Cochran was acquitted earlier this year of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

Dallas PD detectives announced Saturday that Cochran's DNA was found at the scene. Turns out, he was already in the DNA database.

"We gave this information to detectives assigned to U.S. Marshals Apprehension Team, and in less than eight hours, they were able to locate and arrest him in an apartment in Northeast Dallas early this morning," Dallas PD Maj. Max Geron said.

DPD says Cochran didn't know the recent Booker T. Washington grad and says he kidnapped her.

Zoe's body was found inside her family minivan, dumped in a wooded creek near White Rock Lake. Although cops now know who's suspected of killing Zoe, they still don't know why.


Zoe Hastings

"He's obviously a sexual predator that's been taken off the streets, not to do this again," Maj. Geron said.

"This family, as you can imagine, is grieving, but is also happy about the way this community came together," said family spokesperson, Shonn Brown. "Because it is representative of the way Zoe lived her life -- a life that she lived for others, recognizing a power that was greater than herself."