Paragould Man Ordered Held Without Bond in Weekend Murder and Fire

MAY 16, 2005 - Posted at 3:23 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR - A Paragould man has been ordered held without bond in the weekend murder of a Paragould woman.

Wesley Jordan, 28, appeared in Greene County District Court this afternoon before Judge Dan Stidham, who charged the defendant with capitol murder, aggravated robbery and arson in the death of 36-year-old Lisa Cochran.

At approximately 7:30 Friday evening, Cochran's body was pulled from a burning house in Paragould.  Authorities said the woman's throat had been cut.

"During the course of the investigation throughout the night, Mr. Wesley Jordan was developed as a suspect," said Arkansas State Police investigator Scott Pillow.  "He was brought in and questioned early Saturday morning," Pillow added.

Delbert Cochran is Lisa's Husband.

He says it is still hard to believe his wife is gone.

"I was at work when my group leader told me.  I thought.....'okay, my house is on fire, she's out,' but she wasn't," said Delbert Cochran.

Cochran says Jordan had been to their home at least once before.

"My wife let him in.  He pushed her down, and took her medicine and her pistol," said Cochran.

Cochran says he will always remember how wonderful his wife was.

"The last two or three years, you couldn't have asked for a better person.  She was kind-hearted, and wanted to help everybody.  She just wanted to talk," said Cochran.