January 27, 2009 in City

Last suspect in stabbing surrenders to police

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The final suspect wanted in connection with Shannon Cochran’s Jan. 16 stabbing death turned himself in early Monday after calling a Spokane police sergeant on his cell phone to reveal his location.

“He wanted to tell his side of the story,” Sgt. Joe Peterson said.

Christopher Hooper was picked up about 3 a.m. Monday, 10 days after Cochran was stabbed to death, police said. Hooper faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Justine Fry, Hooper’s girlfriend, was arrested Sunday on a charge of felony riot, police said.

Hooper and Fry were the last of five suspects sought by police in connection with Cochran’s death. A total of seven people have been charged. Cochran was killed defending his friend Ricky Edmonds. A group of teens told Cochran they were going to beat up Edmonds over a $300 debt, and Cochran told them if they had a problem with Edmonds, they had one with him, too, according to police.

A stab wound to the heart killed Cochran, 22. Doctors told police he suffered eight stab wounds inflicted by a steak knife.

Police say the conflict between Edmonds and the group had been ongoing. “It’s such an old argument, everyone’s forgotten what he owes the money for,” Peterson said.

Michael Summa, whom police say stabbed Cochran, was arrested Jan. 18. He has been charged with second-degree murder. Tylor Buttolph and Elsye Giele were arrested Thursday. Buttolph also faces a second-degree murder charge.

Giele was arrested on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance, as were Buttolph’s parents, Danny and Tanya Wood.


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