Trial Set for Bridge Jumper's Buddy

TEXARKANA, AR - A judge in Texarkana has set a September trial date for a man accused of helping conceal the whereabouts of a friend who faked jumping off a bridge to avoid criminal charges.

Tuesday, Miller County Circuit Judge Jim Hudson set the trial for 30-year-old James Hoss, who is accused of hindering apprehension.

Hoss is accused with the wife of Jody Cook of telling authorities that Cook jumped from a bridge over the Red River near Doddridge last summer.  In October, Cook was found in Mena with his wife, Tyra Cook, and their children.  Jody Cook went on to plead guilty to rape and other charges, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Jury selection for the trial of Tyra Cook, who faces a hindering apprehension charge, is to begin Monday.

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