Southern Colorado man arrested for 1994 cold case murder

Published: Mar. 21, 2019 at 5:45 PM MDT
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A man connected to a 1994 cold case murder in Texas was arrested in southern Colorado, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said.

Jesse Hogue was arrested Thursday afternoon after detectives with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and federal marshals spotted the 73-year-old driving in the area of Platteville Boulevard and North Raymont Drive in Pueblo West. Law enforcement pulled him over, and Hogue was taken into custody without incident.

Hogue is accused of killing his wife, Jackie Hogue, 25 years ago in Bishop Hills, Texas, a town just northwest of Amarillo. The victim's teenage sons found her shot to death in her bed. Detectives said she had also been sexually assaulted. There was no sign of forced entry, and robbery was ruled out. CBS Amarillo reported in 2011 that the case had been reopened multiple times, but each time, investigators came up short.

"It's absolutely not anything you'd expect to happen. Not to someone like Jackie. Someone went in her room and killed her. You want to know why, but the reason will never be good enough. I can't imagine a reason good enough to do that." Jackie Hogue's sister told CBS Amarillo.

A turning point would come in 2018 when producers with Oxygen Channel TV series "Cold Justice" contacted the Potter County Sheriff's Office about doing an episode on one of the county's cold cases. The Jackie Hogue murder was suggested, and in January, the production team met with investigators to review the case.

This time, there was a break in the case.

CBS Amarillo reports that after recontacting witnesses and reprocessing evidence, Jesse Hogue emerged as a suspect.

A probable cause statement was presented to the 47th District Attorney's Office and an arrest warrant for Hogue was obtained.

J.R. Gonzales, Hogue's roommate, told 11 News they had been close friends for several years and had even bonded over being widowed.

"He did mention to her and me that his wife was killed about 25, 26 years ago, and let it go at that. Because I had the same situation. Mine was killed in an automobile accident. So we got along that way. Going through death. Having to bury somebody you love.

"When he called me, he said he was just being arrested. I knew he was arrested once for a DUI, and I thought it might have something to do with that."

Hogue is currently being held in the Pueblo County Jail without bond and will face extradition to Texas.

The episode where "Cold Justice" will follow Jackie Hogue’s case is the season finale, and it will air on Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. MST on Oxygen.