A Daniels pharmacist who is serving 11 years in federal prison for operating a Ponzi scheme has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of her late husband.

A special grand jury returned a single count indictment of first degree murder against Natalie Cochran, 40, on Thursday, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Hatfield confirmed.

Cochran is accused of murdering her husband, Michael Cochran, 38, who passed away on Feb. 11, 2019, at Bowers Hospice House.

In 2020, the mother of two pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering and agreed to serve between 37 and 135 months in prison and to pay restitution to her victims of about $2.6 million.

Cochran was ordered in March by U.S. District Court of Southern West Virginia Judge Frank Volk to report to prison to begin serving her sentence by May 1.

She is currently at Federal Correctional Institute-Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, WV.

“It’s important we did this now,” Hatfield said Friday. “We didn’t want to wait.

“We felt we had the case to present. We didn’t want to merely wait until the expiration of her federal sentence, because that would’ve been an undue delay in her case.”

Hatfield said that additional testimony and more physical evidence had come to light over the past few months.

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