Kelly Cochran and her husband, Jason, made a pact on their wedding night that if one of them were unfaithful, they’d have to kill their lover, prosecutors said.
But Cochran claimed during her murder trial for the death of her boyfriend that she “didn’t take it seriously,” The Chicago Tribune reported. “I thought it was a joke,” she said.
So when Jason learned that Kelly was having an affair, the Detroit News reported, he asked how she would make it up to him, authorities said. The two then hatched a plan to lure Chris Regan to their Iron County, Michigan home, where Jason shot Regan in the head in 2014, the publication said.
Around the time Regan disappeared, neighbors reported hearing a late-night gunshot from the direction of Kelly Cochran’s home, the Detroit News said. They also heard power tools running in the middle of the night, according to the publication.
Cochran had testified that she didn’t know about her husband’s plans to kill Regan, ABC 10 reported. But jurors apparently didn’t believe her. Cochran, 35, was convicted of murder last year in Regan’s death, the Associated Press reported. Prosecutors said she helped Jason dismember and hide Regan’s remains in the woods, the AP said.
But almost two years after Regan’s death, Kelly Cochran still had animosity toward her husband over the plot, authorities said. So she killed him with a fatal overdose of heroin, putting her hands over his neck, nose and mouth until he died, according to prosecutors, the Tribune reported.
It wasn’t until after her husband died that Kelly Cochran, who’d been a person of interest in Regan’s death, was actually charged in her boyfriend’s death, according to Rolling Stone. Authorities say she later confessed to killing Jason, the publication said.
Cochran allegedly told investigators she had “evened the score” by killing her husband because he took “the only good thing I had in my life,” the Tribune reported.
Cochran is currently serving a life sentence in Regan’s murder, the AP said. A judge on Wednesday scheduled a July trial for Cochran on murder charges for her husband’s 2016 death in Hobart, Indiana, the AP reported. Cochran has pleaded not guilty to the charges.