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IRON COUNTY – The People vs. Kelly Cochran began this morning with closing statements. Starting with the prosecution.

Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell spoke of a blood bond Cochran shared with her now deceased husband Jason.

“When normal people make a wedding vow they commit to loving each other. when Jason Cochran and Kelly Cochran made a wedding vow they committed to killing for each other Right from their wedding night they had a bond that regular people wouldn’t understand.” She continued, “They are both monsters. Her words . . . not mine. The defendants in this matter were bonded in blood. Chris Regan was bathed in it. And at this time I’m asking you to wash away the blood and find the defendant guilty of all counts.”

Defense Attorney Mike Scholke then argued that there was not a sufficient amount of scientific proof.

“I also believe it was Detective Ogden who said that you have to look for the nuggets of truth in what Kelly says. That isn’t what is supposed to happen here. The puzzle should not be dumped in front of you and they say, ‘Okay, folks, figure it out.’ That’s not the people’s burden. the people’s burden is to tell you what happened. They cannot do so,” he said.

Throughout the entire trial, the events of the murder have been referred to as pieces of a puzzle. And prosecuting attorney Melissa Powell addressed that in her rebuttal.
“Let’s flip this puzzle analogy on its side. Mr. Scholke, the defense, is telling you that the prosecution has brought you a box full of puzzle pieces and dumped it in front of you and told you to put it together. Well, ladies and gentlemen, when you put a puzzle together it starts to take shape of a picture. And as you look at this picture you start to understand what this picture is.”
Powell went on to describe how the prosecution had created 99% of the puzzle, leaving jurors with what she argued was a clear picture of what happened.
After countless witnesses and over 100 pieces of evidence presented throughout the case Judge Richard Celello then directed the jury on how to evaluate that evidence while trying to reach a verdict on the five pending charges.
“There must have been real and substantial reflection for long enough of a period of time to give a reasonable person a chance to think twice about the intent to kill,” he said.
the jury would find Cochran guilty on all five counts after four hours of deliberation.