A Kansas man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s friend, who apparently told him about a cover story the night she went out without her boyfriend.
Jose E. Escalante-Corchado, 24, has been charged with murder and numerous related offenses after he allegedly killed Mackenzie Hopkins, 24, and attempted to kill his young daughter on January 15, according to the Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor. , Jean Peters Baker.
Hopkins was found dead in her bathtub at her home in the 7300 block of Wabash in Jackson County. Police arrived at the home after Hopkins’ father requested a wellness check on Hopkins and his 4-year-old daughter.
Police found the child in her bedroom, lying on her bed with “severe blunt force trauma to the head”, according to court documents. First responders transported the child to hospital in serious condition.
Hopkins, who was found with “blunt force injuries” to her face and neck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There were several spots on the floor inside the main floor of the residence where large amounts of blood had pooled and there were apparent streak marks in the blood where it appeared the victim had been moved. In different places there were shoe prints in the blood,” police wrote in an affidavit.
Police identified Escalante-Corchado as a suspect during an interview with friends of the victim. While talking to the suspect’s girlfriend at her home, investigators noticed a pair of cowboy boots and asked who they belonged to. The shoe prints found inside the victim’s house were a brand of boots made by “ARIAT”.
“The result and photo of ‘Ariat Men’s Sport Wide Square Toe Boots’ revealed a pattern on the sole and placement of ‘ARIAT’ consistent with photos and sightings of blood prints at the crime scene,” wrote the police.
However, the girlfriend reportedly told police that she lied to Escalante-Corchado about going out. She said she told him she would be with Hopkins, but instead went somewhere else.
“[She] said she told Escalante she was going to be with the victim on the evening of 01/14/2022 when she goes out… It was a cover story and she had no intention of being with the victim,” reads the police affidavit.
Someone from Hopkins’ home made a 911 call around 5:45 a.m. that morning, followed by witnesses who said they saw a man running south away from the residence.
Escalante-Corchado remains behind bars. The story develops. Check back for updates.
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