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Thu., Oct. 15, 2009, 7:02 p.m.

Reward offered for teen in murder case

A teenager charged with second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in January has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to show up for a court hearing.

Christopher E. Hooper, 18, (left) and Michael L. Summa, 20, and Tylor T. Buttolph, 19, are accused of killing Shannon Cochran on Jan. 16 near Garland and Helena as Cochran defended a friend in a fight over a debt, according to this story.

Summa and Buttolph are in jail, but court papers filed May 1 ordered Hooper released from jail on his own recognizance.

He had already had his $750,000 bond reduced to $150,000.

The release order, signed by Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell, offers no explanation other than "good cause exists."

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to Hooper's capture after he didn't show up for a pre-trial conference.

The order for a bench warrant signed by Judge Harold Clarke calls for no bail.

Anyone with information on Hooper's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online here.

Read more coverage here and here.

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