Zoe Hastings was stabbed, court documents say

Court documents accessible Tuesday tell how Zoe Hastings was killed and what police took from the apartment of the suspect charged in connection to her death.

Hastings, 18, was last seen by witnesses arguing with a man outside of a Walgreen's at Peavy and Garland roads in Dallas. That was Sunday, Oct. 11 about 4:45 p.m.

She had gone to return a video to at a Redbox at the Walgreens before a church class at 5 p.m., but she never made it to church.

Her body was found Monday morning, Oct. 12.

Antonio Lamar Cochran was later charged with capital murder in Hasting’s death.

Police served a search warrant at the address Cochran lived at with friends, in the 5350 block of Amesbury Drive.

The affidavit says Cochran “committed the offense of capital murder by stabbing and killing...Zoe Hastings with a cutting instrument.”

Detectives also took a DNA swab from Cochran’s cheek on Monday to compare it with DNA found in Hastings’ blood at the crime scene.

FOX 4 spoke with Cochran’s mother, Linda, by phone from her home in Texarkana.

“First of all, I really don’t understand how this could have happened like this, because what they are saying he done, it just don’t seem like it’s really real because it’s like they are talking about another person to me, instead of him,” she said.

DNA at the scene matched Cochran’s DNA in a national database from a 2014 sexual assault case in Texarkana.

What happened then was similar to the facts surrounding Zoe Hastings’ murder, but Cochran was found not guilty.

“As far as I know, he's never been just a violent type of person where he would just touch someone, take their life away from them, just hurt them,” she said.

Search warrant returns filed with courts show that detectives took a piece of carpet, a rug, several pocket knives, a container full of assorted clothing, several tennis shoes, a Samsung cellular phone, a blanket, a pillow and assorted clothes from the apartment where Cochran was staying.

Police also served a search warrant at Facebook in California for access to all posts, pages, walls and messages on Cochran's Facebook.

His last post was from Oct. 23. He checked in at Cowboys Red River in Dallas just before 2 a.m. and wrote, “Man just left the red river…danced with a close friend me bro and sister in law had a blast...thks San Francisco much love u did tht thks for tht i owe you big time.”

On Oct. 24, Cochran was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive squad at his apartment.

Detectives also requested social media information from Cochran's Tinder account and took a bottle of pills and some photographs from Cochran's car.

His attorney, Paul Johnson, says that he would expect an evidentiary hearing in the next seven to 10 days.

Johnson also represented Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, in the killings of the district attorney and assistant district attorney in Kaufman County.

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