Man Accused of Threatening Attorney Back in Court

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 8:48 am

cochranRobert Cochran, 43, appeared in Pine County Court, Thursday, for an Omnibus Hearing for charges  of Terroristic Threats for allegedly threatening Pine County Attorney, John Carlson.

Cochran’s lawyer, Daniel Bina, told the court, Thursday, he intends to submit a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that there is not enough probable cause.  Oral arguments for the motion will be heard April 23rd.

According to the criminal complaint, Cochran sent Carlson a letter from a North Carolina jail in June 2008 stating, “when I get out of here I’ll come kill you. You see I have nothing left to (lose) and I just don’t care….I’ve already killed twice so one more won’t matter,” in reference to Carlson. The letter also alleges that Cochran committed a homicide in 1996 and then killed another person in addition to the ‘96 murder.

Investigators from Pine County and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted an investigation. They determined Cochran’s claims were without merit.

Cochran was arrested in Pine County on February 23rd.  He remains in the Pine County Jail on $50,000 bail.

If convicted, Cochran faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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