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Wife killed over Facebook post?

  • Cassie Cotta's body found after her mother reported her missing New Year's Eve
  • Her husband is charged with murder in the 24-year-old woman's death
  • Ft. Smith, Arkansas Police police say his story has "gross inconsistencies"

Did an Arkansas man kill his wife after she flirted with another man on Facebook? Fort Smith's 5 News says Cassie Cotta's mother reported her as missing when she didn't go to work on New Year’s Eve. That led police on a desperate, five-day long search that ended Tuesday in the worst possible way. The 24-year old woman was found dead and her husband was quickly taken into custody.

“With the gross inconsistencies in the husband's stories, we brought him in,” Ft. Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs tells HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, “We charged him with first degree murder.”
Brent Cotta told police he last saw his wife Cassie on Friday, when she went to a party with someone named Brandon. Facebook posts reveal that two days earlier, a man named Brandon wrote some strangely flirtatious posts on Cassie’s wall.

Just minutes before his arrest, Brent was out searching for Cassie, distributing flyers and revealing inconsistent details about his wife: “She's colorful, she's irritable, she's blunt, she's beautiful," he said. "She's perfect."

But police believe Cassie was murdered at his hands. “This is a very selfish, malicious crime,” Sgt Grubbs told Jane. “We're just happy that at least there'll be some justice served.  I just wish this could have ended in a better way.”
Follow this story and all the day's news on Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN.


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