25th Judicial Circuit

Judge rules mistrial in Cantrell case

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A Hamilton native’s trial has been dismissed due to misconduct by prosecutors, according to Winston County court records.
 On Thursday, Feb. 21, in 25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter granted a mistrial motion and dismissed with prejudice the case of the State of Alabama v. Jarod Chase Cantrell.
The state has a right to appeal this decision.


Cochran indicted on capital murder

Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton, 25th Circuit Court Judge Daryl Burt, Cochran, and defense attorneys Jared Arnold and Jim Standridge, watch security camera footage during a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 14 in the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. The video shows a shooting that took place behind the Hamilton Police Department (HPD) on Dec. 25, 2018. Seated in the witness stand is HPD investigator Scotty Chandler. Cochran is charged in the shooting death of Lorenzo Garcia, who was shot and killed outside the rear entrance to the HPD during a child-custody exchange on Christmas Day 2018.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Grand   Jury handed down an  indictment for capital murder against Christopher Andrew Cochran at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday, Jan 16.
Cochran was charged with the crime after  he allegedly shot and killed Lorenzo Garcia during a child custody exchange behind the Hamilton Police Department on Dec. 25, 2018.
25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton said Cochran will be arraigned and informed of the charges the grand jury handed down.