Mark Cochran and Elizabeth Denman face local charges in the gunpoint kidnapping of Elizabeth’s son Devon from his father in the early morning two Saturdays ago.
The two were caught in Arizona a day after being pulled over by state police on New Mexico. New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Eric Garcia says a car chase after the initial stop left the two suspects with a host of charges.
“As far as the charges here in New Mexico they’re going to be looking at a slew of charges, approximately 23 from the New Mexico State Police will be charged upon the two suspects. That’s what we’re waiting for right now at this point is for them to be extradited back to New Mexico and, like I said before, they waived their extradition rights so they are going to be brought back to us as soon as possible,” says Garcia.
Lieutenant Garcia says of the 23 charges, there is one that carries a heavy sentence.
“The attempted murder of our officer, of our personnel, when the suspects had shot at the two officers that were following behind them while they were trying to evade the traffic stop.”
Garcia says Denman and Cochran will also deal with federal charges.
“We’re working hand in hand with the FBI at this point and the reason that is, is because when you transport a child across state lines they become a federal jurisdiction issue at that point.”
“We could charge here in New Mexico for custodial interference, however the best charge to proceed with at this point would be to allow the feds to charge the transport of the child across multiple state lines. So that’s where we’re going with that charge.”