Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Third suspect arrested and charged in connection with Norfolk murder

NORFOLK — Police have arrested a third suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Patrick M. Cochrane.

Just after 9:30 p.m. on March 1, police responded to the 700 block of East Little Creek Road for a reported car crash. When police arrived, they found Cochrane, of Suffolk, inside the car suffering from a gunshot wound.

Cochrane was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he later died, said police. He was 25 years old.

The investigation has revealed that Cochrane was shot in a different location, but was found inside a vehicle in a parking lot in 700 of East Little Creek.

These three suspects have been arrested and charged with murder in Norfolk (Courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)
These three suspects have been arrested and charged with murder in Norfolk (Courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)

As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Harris, Becca Banta, and Thomas Nesmith have been charged with the following:

  • Nesmith, 24 of the 7900 block of Orchid Avenue, his charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy.
  • Banta, 24, of Isle of Wight, is charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy, and accessory to murder.
  • Harris, 27, of the 800 block of Pine Harbor Drive, is charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy.

Police announced the arrest of Nesmith Friday afternoon. He is being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

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