Deputies search for man who fled courtroom


Miller County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man who fled the courtroom Tuesday morning before his name was called for a hearing at the Miller County jail.

Matthew Cochran, 27, was scheduled to appear on a breaking and entering charge before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson. Cochran apparently learned his bail bond might be surrendered because of outstanding warrants and made a quick exit, according to court officials.

Cochran was arrested by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office for breaking and entering June 11. At an initial court appearance June 14, bail was set at $20,000 and he was told to appear in court Tuesday. Cochran made bond June 27.

When Cochran didn’t answer Tuesday when his name was called, Johnson issued a warrant for failure to appear. Miller County prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges against Cochran in connection with the breaking and entering charge. Deputies and TAPD officers searched for Cochran in the vicinity of the Miller County jail Tuesday morning but were unable to locate him.

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