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Suspect identified in Lower Garden murder case

Travis Cochran (photo from NOPD) Travis Cochran (photo from NOPD)

FOX 8 received this news release from NOPD Friday evening:

Homicide detectives secured an arrest warrant today for a gunman wanted in an execution-style murder that happened in the Lower Garden District last June.

Detectives say that on June 14th, 25-year-old Travis Cochran and another suspect bound and gagged 33-year-old Ahmad Sheppard, pistol-whipped him and then shot him in the head in his home in the 2000-block of Prytania Street. Sheppard died shortly after EMS arrived on the scene.

Crime Lab technicians processed evidence left behind on the scene, and were able to identify Cochran as one of the suspects through forensic testing. Detectives are still in the process of identifying the second suspect.

Travis Cochran has four felony arrests, six misdemeanor arrests, and one traffic arrest. He is currently on probation until October 2014 for Possession of Crack Cocaine. Past arrests include Possession of Crack, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, Bail Jumping Felony Case, Criminal Trespassing, Disturbing the Peace, Public Intoxication, warrants and traffic violations.

NOPD needs your help in locating Cochran. He is wanted for First Degree Murder. His photo is at the bottom this release. He is 5'10" tall, weighs about 180 pounds, has brown eyes and very short black hair. If you think you know where he is, please call CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111. You do not have to provide your name. And if the information you provide leads to an arrest and possible indictment in this case, you could receive a cash reward.

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