January 30, 2007
The mother of a Greene County teen shot and killed by a game warden is calling the investigation into her son's death sloppy.
The mom says authorities should never have returned the clothing her son was wearing the night of the shooting, and she thinks she found an overlooked piece of evidence among the items.
"I have his clothes his shoes everything he had on his body that day" said Danielle Ramirez, the victim's mother.
Danielle Ramirez has the pants, the shorts, and the t-shirt her son was wearing the night he died.
"This is the bullet piece that we found" said Ramirez.
Among the items a small fragment. Ramirez thinks its part of a bullet fired at her 16 year old son Allen Cochran last Wednesday. Cochran was shot and killed by a game warden during an altercation with Greene County deputies.
Virginia State Police is now conducting a routine investigation into the shooting. Tonight Ramirez is questioning their capabilities.
"If they are doing such a great investigation I shouldn't have those clothes in my possession. They should have all that evidence" said Ramirez.
Investigators unrelated to this case told us it is standard proceedure for law enforcement to hold on to a shooting victims clothing until the investigation is complete.
However, state police say they did not release the clothing in this case. The medical examiner did and Ramirez picked up the items from the funeral home this week.
"When I find that he is guilty that will be mine and allen's justice" said Ramirez.
Virginia State Police would not tell us whether the clothes were accidentally released or if they were just no longer needed in this investigation.
Ramirez says she plans on hiring an attorney and filing a civil suit.