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August 07, 2016
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Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley identified the victims as John and Paula Cochran. WCSD responded to a call Saturday afternoon (8-6-16) about a shooting in the Clara community. They were told that John Cochran shot his wife and then called and told his friends. When they arrived to the scene, John Cochran was still alive inside his home with an armed weapon.“We were able to get him on the phone for about 15 minutes, negotiating with him to come out and give up,” Ashley said. “He did not and we heard a shot and as we entered the home--it turned into a murder-suicide,”Ashley said. The couple was married for about a year but was going through a divorce.“We are praying for both families as this is a tragic situation,” Ashley said. WCSD are still investigating the cause of this violence and are looking through text messages to find out more answers.