Escobedo Charged with Two Counts of First-Degree Murder in Deaths of Elderly Howard Couple

Eric Michael Escobedo (Image: Freemont County Sheriff's Office)

A Fremont County judge yesterday found that there is sufficient evidence to establish probable cause to bind over two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of 83-year-old Carl Cooper and 75-year-old Susan Cooper. 

42-year-old Michael Escobedo is accused of brutally killing the couple in their Howard home in December of 2022. 

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The couple’s bodies were discovered inside their residence in the 4000 block of County Road 4 after deputies were dispatched to the Howard area for a report of a structure fire in their neighborhood. 

Fremont County Detective Bayley Sandefur said in court yesterday that DNA testing linked Escobedo to items inside the home, including a fireplace poker found on the floor. 

Escobedo is slated for arraignment on January 16th.

Dan R