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A Dallas man was convicted Saturday of murder in the slaying of an 18-year-old who went missing in October 2015 when she tried to return a movie at a White Rock pharmacy.

Antonio Cochran still faces up to life in prison but now could be paroled.
The jury deliberated for about 23 hours over four days this week before deciding to convict Antonio Cochran on a lesser charge in the death of Zoe Hastings.

Cochran, 37, had been charged with capital murder, and a conviction would have sent him to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Instead, the same Dallas County jury will return to hear testimony Monday in the sentencing phase of the trial, set to begin 9 a.m.

Cochran now faces up to life in prison but could be eligible for parole.

The Dallas County district attorney’s office reversed its plan to seek the death penalty on the capital murder charge in November after experts found Cochran is intellectually disabled.

Hastings’ body was found Oct. 12, 2015, a day after she vanished. She was lying in a dry creek bed beside her family’s minivan, which had crashed into a ravine along Dixfield Drive.

She had been sexually assaulted and her throat had been slashed multiple times. A bloody pocketknife was found nearby

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