After learning her daughter was sexually assaulted, Cheryl Hastings, a registered nurse, became certified to conduct exams for rape victims.
“I felt like those people need someone for them in a vulnerable time of their life,” Cheryl Hastings testified Monday.
Jurors were shown photos of the bloody crime scene, where Hastings was found in the fetal position, her clothing in disarray and knife wounds on her wrist and neck.
Her death sent her neighborhood into a panic during the two-week hunt for her killer.
Investigators quickly zeroed in on Cochran, whom they called a “sexual predator,” and DNA evidence found on the murder weapon was matched to him. His fingerprints weren’t found at the crime scene, but the DNA evidence taken from Hastings’ rape kit didn’t exclude Cochran as a suspect.
Defense attorney Paul Johnson said the evidence proves only that Cochran handled the knife, not that he used it to kill Hastings.
Knives like the murder weapon,