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Cassie Cottas Husband Charged With Her MurderFt. Smith, Arkansas — The body of 24-year-old Cassie Cotta was found yesterday in rural Crawford County after having been missing since December 30 and her husband has been charged with her murder.

Cassie Cotta’s mother contacted police on New Year’s Eve after her daughter failed to show up for work.  The last time anyone had any contact with her was at around 11pm on December 30 when she left a post on her Facebook account that read  “Blah blah blah.. Cheers people! Fuck it.”

Cassie’s husband, 33-year-old Brent Cotta, was the last person to see Cassie alive and told police she left for a party with a man named “Brandon.” He also commented on that last post of Cassie’s, joining in with concerned friends and expressing his concerns over Cassie’s party habits and the people she hung out with.

The Ft. Smith PD informed Cassie’s family that due to New Years Eve celebrations they would not be able to form a search until January 1, so Cassie’s friends and family started a grassroots effort to locate her using Youtube and Facebook to get the word of her disappearance out to the public.

Cassie Cottas Husband Charged With Her Murder

Cassie Cotta

A loving, concerned Brent can be seen in this video bullshitting reporters. “Cassie is colorful, she’s irritable, she’s blunt, she’s beautiful,” he tells reporters as he wears sunglasses to conceal the black eye I hope Cassie gave him.  “She’s perfect.” In this recently released mugshot you can clearly see the shiner someone gave him.

This was recorded just hours before searchers found Cassie’s dead body 50 to 60 feet off of Gun Club Road and police would take him into custody on a charge of first-degree murder. Brent is being held in the Sebastian County Detention Center without bond.

According to police, evidence found in the couple’s home and one of their vehicles is what led them to the rural area where Cassie’s body was found. At this time, the  Ft. Smith PD is staying pretty tight lipped with further details aside from saying there were no obvious signs of how Cassie was killed and that she was murdered Friday night.  Friends of Cassie describe Brent as a “jealous and controlling person” with violent tendencies who had a habit of “flying off the handle” and mistreating Cassie both verbally and physically.

Sgt. Grubbs says his department has received several domestic disturbance calls on the couple and both of have been arrested for domestic assault and battery. Brent has been arrested twice, and Cassie once back in 2009 during an incident with her ex-husband. Some feel the police and the press were slow to respond to Cassie’s disappearance because of this reason while others feel it was because Cassie didn’t fit the “pretty white girl” mold the media usually slobbers over. And as we’ve seen here time and time again, more press = more police.

My condolences to the friends of family of Cassie Cotta and I will keep you updated as this case progresses.

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  • Anonymous

    To me, it sounds like the typical “If I can’t have you, no one can” thing.  Granted, maybe he and her friends and family might have been concerned about her partying, but that doesn’t justify killing her.  It sounds to me like they have some pretty damning evidence that was found in the home and car that led them to arrest him for her murder. 
     
    With his history, he’s pretty much nailed himself in this case.  I’d be very surprised if it turned out that someone else did it.  What a shame.  Maybe b/c she was so much younger, he thought he’d be able to control her and change her partying ways.  It’s a mistake a lot of people make, thinking that if they get into a relationship with someone they can change the person.

    When I read that he said she left with some guy named Brandon, and hearing of his history of abusing her, it pretty much screamed motive for me. 

  • Prominent Prozac

    I hate that, when someone is abusing you, it’s really only a matter of time. Run, Run, RUN.

    Especially when it includes “violent and jealous”. It’s like those women never see these stories for what they really are, their lives and possible futures. Ugh, poor girl.

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

    Did he really have a black eye? It would be great to know she had f*ed him up some before he managed to snuff her out. Relationships like this suck. People can’t see it at the time, they just think this is how their relationship functions, and most party days are a blur. It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed. And due to their history, that was a given.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons


    The Ft. Smith PD informed Cassie’s family that due to New Years Eve celebrations they would not be able to form a search until January 1

    At first I was thinking, “Why the hell not?”, but then I realized that NYE gets pretty stupid when people drink and drug too much to ring in the new year, so the police force was probably stretched too thin to look for her that day.

     I don’t think the guys who murder their wives actually READ about people who have tried it and failed to get away with it, or they would come up with more clever ways to cover themselves.  “My wife took off with some guy named Brandon!”

    And does anyone else think that her being a wild partier and him being jealous, abusive, and controlling somehow doesn’t ring true?  I can’t see a woman with a controlling husband being much of a partier, unless it was her controlling husband hosting the parties.  He might consider going to a bookstore and having a cup of coffee without him to be a case of wild partying, drinking, and drugging, though.

  • Sam

    I can’t look at the vid – is he really trying to make a heartfelt, sincere appeal for finding Cassie while wearing sunglasses??? Is that alone a total red flag to anyone else, too?
    I don’t trust anybody if they’re trying to hide their eyes whilst talking to me.

  • Prominent Prozac

    Does he really expect people to believe that when he`s obviously an angry control freak? (Apparently) Also I wonder if he meant THIS Brandon.

    https://www.facebook.com/xrockcitynosebleedx?sk=wall#!/profile.php?id=100001097739997&sk=wall 

    (Well obviously seems like he did, he seems stupid enough to pin this on anyway.)

  • Anonymous

    She was a pretty girl. I hope she did more than give him a black eye…

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    That’s a red flag factory, Sam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341080666 Krista Kerosene

    So damn sad but the husbands comments were so obviously suspicious such as this one on her last facebook post “Brent Cotta I would love to find her. This time feels different than than others. I hope I am wrong… She has been around some different people. I just need their last names”      no shit it feels different from the other times because you have thrown her body on the side of the road. I truly feel for her family and friends she seemed very much loved and liked by all.  I hope they can all find peace in this terrible time.

  • Anonymous

    I looked through her page & noticed a post from Brandon that says ‘ur mean’…she replied ‘fuck you, seriously’. This was the night she went *missing*. I believe Brent wrote that- and the ‘cheers, fuck it’ status about the cell phone getting ready to die. Also, someone said the last text Cassie sent didn’t make any sense. I think it was all him….

  • Anonymous

    “…violent tendencies…flying off the handle… physically & emmotionally abusive…”

    Sounds like an asshole to me!

    How can people be so mad all the damned time!?? How can they live with the anger? JUST LET IT FUCKING GO!

  • Anonymous

    OH & I checked the link @DaiGreen & I couldn’t see the video of his apology nor any in the website, all I could see was the video of another family reaching out to the victim’s family & the one saying that the husband’s in custody.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341080666 Krista Kerosene

    Weird she only added Brent to her facebook on Nov 29th, I wonder how long they had been married?  But apparently Brent and Cassie had separated and were still living together as of the 27th of Novemeber so it seems ,although she said on fb they were being civil to each other at that time…. just sad, sad, sad.

  • Anonymous

    They were married in June of ’11.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t these people know how to change their privacy settings on their FB profile?

  • CT

    No shit.  I hate Facebook and as I stated here once before – after a run in with my MIL on Facebook – I avoid it the same way I avoid going into the office of the guy down the hall from me who farts loud enough for me to hear it.  Damn it, dude.  Close your fucking door or get some god damn Beano.  Please.   

  • Anonymous

    Found it! What a sicko- squeezing onto Cassies poor mother- knowing the whole time she was already gone by HIS hands.

    http://www.4029tv.com/r/30131226/detail.html 

  • NY_Mommy

    Beano, I’m dying right now.

  • NY_Mommy

    Why do they always say the chick left with another dude? I swear there is some handbook for murdering, jealous, douchy significant others out there that says to say.

  • CT

    Sad thing is – that is a true story.  Mother fucker.  I am going to write a new HR policy covering farts.  I need some language to do it – anyone have any ideas? 

  • LeaveMeBe

    How about: If you’re going to fucking fart then close your goddamn door you butt-jelly blowing piece of shit/asshole.

    I had trouble deciding between “piece of shit” and “asshole” on the last part. You decide.

  • CT

    Its need to be a bit more anonymous to go out to all staff — but that is a good start.  Thanks.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Thanks to Dai Green from over at horrornews.net for this story. I hadn’t even heard of Cassie until she called and told me about her. 

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    But I always though Facebook was just for the gays.

  • LeaveMeBe

    You sound like my boss, which means you won’t use my idea. No one ever uses my ideas here at the office. >:/

  • Anonymous

    Looking at Dai’s avatar, I can see why you posted one of her stories. *wink*

  • Anonymous

    I generally go with uber-embarrassed tactics. I would tell him loudly to take his nasty farts to the bathroom like a civilized human being. 

  • Anonymous

    No, that’s Myspace.

  • Anonymous

    He looks like a douche in those mirrored, knock-off aviators. If my boyfriends let me walk around looking like a Top Gun refugee extra, I’d kill them too.

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    Shit…I have to get off Facebook then.

  • Anonymous

    At this point I don’t think you can qualify as gay. Nope, sorry you’re going to have to take your multisexual ass over to Goggle+

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341080666 Krista Kerosene

    http://www.4029tv.com/news/30132885/detail.html He admitted to them he killed her. Apparently neighbours heard them having a row :(

  • Anonymous

    That’s one thing I can’t stand about people in general. Everybody is so fucking hyper-emotional about everything these days.

  • NY_Mommy

    I’m stumped on that one. I have always felt sorry for HR people ever since I used to work for Kodak and we had the nastiest, stinkiest lady there. Her chair permanently smelled of funk. The HR people had to tell her to shower and what not. Blah.

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    I’m already there…Feels like Chernobyl.

  • Anonymous

    The real Chernobyl with no people or my awesome fantasy Chernobyl with mutant sharkodiles?

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    The one where weepy, irradiated disembodied penises are regularly left to rot in sloughing vaginas.

  • Athena

    I don’t think it’s unbelievable that a wild partier could have a controlling husband.  Just because a man has controlling tendencies doesn’t mean he’s a successful controller.  In fact, someone said they were married in July of last year?  I could see the controlling tendencies crop up if he was expecting marriage to calm her down.  

  • Anonymous

    I actually went through and deleted like 10 posts complaining about the old MIL when the in-laws came to visit end of summer. Stayed like 2 1/2 weeks. FIL one day asked if he could “friend” me and I feeling trapped I agreed. I don’t sit on the edge of my seat waiting for friend requests so I didn’t even notice I’d gotten one. The man LITERALLY was almost crying and acting all butt hurt and took on a passive aggressive tone the remainder of the visit. I accepted his request immediately after his initial whine but he chose to be feel hurt for some reason. Now I have had to make lists to eliminate him and other family (one of which is a 12 year old niece) from seeing my feed as I get a bit vulgar and foul-mouthed at times. Even the last day before my husband drove them to the airport his mom was making jokes about not accepting friends on Facebook. WTF? I’ve never cared enough to complain or try to win anyone over, so I was just really confused at this “wah wah wah you don’t like me wah” crap.

  • Anonymous

    You could buy him those underwear that have a built in carbon filter with a note about violating office noise policy with the decibels of his ass outbursts. Anonymously. I’m sure he won’t shoot up the whole office or anything.

  • Anonymous

    I wish to express my sorrow and heartfelt condolences to Cassie Cotta’s family and friends for their tragic loss.  Much love…

  • http://twitter.com/DaiGreen Dai Green

    Thank you guys for checking this out. I have some pretty strong feelings
    about what happened but couldn’t list them here and get anyone else in
    the crap but me. lol

    I really hope this guy gets what is coming to him and that the family is able to see justice carried out quickly.

    On a personal note:

    This fucking douchebag makes me sick. She was a beautiful and vibrant
    young lady and from all the people I have talked to that were close to
    her say she was an amazing person. I hate to see things end this way but
    at least now she never has to deal with that fuck-hole again. And I am
    SO glad she went out swinging! Although she couldn’t fight hard enough
    to save her life, she fought enough to leave a mark that probably got
    the police to look at him a bit harder than they preliminarily would.
    Good girl and rest in peace, pretty.

  • Anonymous

    FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP.

  • Anonymous

    Me likes your avatar, eyes rolling, face flush, dirt little thoughts run through my head ……….

  • Anonymous

    Quit, Califboy, you’re scaring the visitors!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    It’ll take a lot more than that to scare Dai.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I’ve added his mugshot in the story were you can clearly see the black eye.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I guess.  But it still seems weird to me. I have no doubt that he was controlling, though–it’s the “wild partier” bit that I find hard to believe. Then again, people make all sorts of assumptions about people who have body art.

  • Athena

    Wow.  He’s not nearly attractive enough to be married to her.  

  • http://twitter.com/DaiGreen Dai Green

    Haha!! I’ve been reading this site for years. If that doesn’t make me impervious to a little sexual harassment, nothing will ;)

  • http://twitter.com/DaiGreen Dai Green

    She was absolutely adorable and had the most badass Nintendo tat on her arm. She truly was too good for this douche. But oh do I love looking at that black eye. I hope it hurts!

  • Athena

    Agreed.  At this point, it’s just him who expressed concern about her partying, right?  So, it’s probably a load of shit conjured up to create doubt.  

  • Anonymous

    Towards the end of my controlling, abusive relationship (he was the abuser) I became incredibly wild and promiscuous. It was my way of.. extracting myself from the relationship? Daring him to kill me? I don’t know. It sure wasn’t healthy, but it got me the hell away. I’m lucky I lived through it. Poor Cassie didn’t. :|

  • Athena

    I’m hoping for a LWOP sentence and a serious dose of remorse, myself.  May the mere knowledge of what he’s done, combined with the fact that he’s still breathing, create an agonizing hell. 

    The black eye’s pretty savage, too.

    Oh, and, welcome.  Great article.  Hope you stick around.

  • Anonymous

    You’re probably right. :(

  • Anonymous

    Just roll a bottle under his door. He’ll get the hint.

  • Anonymous

    Great. I’m gay then.

    LADIES. Line up!

  • Anonymous

    I hope she got a couple shots to his tiny tiny balls.

  • Anonymous

    The picture took my breath away. There’s something about her. I don’t know what it is. She just.. .captured my interest. I want to know her and talk to her, and hear her opinions on things.

    He took that away from her; living, knowing people. It’s seems so contrite, and so cliche, but…  he took everything away from her and it makes me MAD.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to punch him. in the other eye!

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    At first, I thought he was holding up a placard that said “Cotta dumb fuck 12-01-04.”

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Jaded

    The visuals you have provided are somewhat disturbing. I heart you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7EKXOMLBJQ6YPSBV42ZCYHQOM Andrea

    IDK why she wouldn’t have fit the “pretty white girl” mold.. she looks white and pretty to me.. Poor girl, why don’t they ever leave, before it’s too late? Lack of self esteem, monetary assets, someone to turn to.. I’m gonna go take a shit on someone’s porch, this is depressing.

  • Anonymous

    Cotta Arraigned; Bond Set At Half-Million
    The husband accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Sebastian County Circuit Court.
    Brent Dan Cotta, 33, of Fort Smith was arraigned via video from the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.
    According to an affidavit for probable cause, Cotta admitted killing his wife 24-year-old Cassie Cotta.
    Cotta was arrested Tuesday night after the body of Cassie Cotta. was found near Gun Club Road in rural Crawford County. Cassie Cotta had been missing since Friday night.
    Circuit Court Judge Michael Fitzhugh set Cotta’s bond at a $500,000, cash only.
    Cassie Cotta’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy, but there were no signs of “obvious trauma” on her body, Fort Smith police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs previously said.
    Fort Smith police Jarrard Copeland said Tuesday night that officers“feel confident that we have the person responsible for her death in custody.”
    Grubbs said Brent Cotta assisted investigators in locating Cassie Cotta’s body, which was found about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    [...]
     http://www.swtimes.com/news/article_4ec51e7c-36e7-11e1-8c08-001871e3ce6c.html
     
     

  • Athena

    The standard “pretty white girl” can’t have obvious tats and unnaturally colored hair.  That’s just the way it is.  It takes away from their innocence.  Keep in mind that 70% of the population is religious.

  • Anonymous

    I do too and I hope his brown eye gets blackened as well in prison.

  • Anonymous

    AH HAH HAHHAHAHAHAH!!!! I didn’t know that Chernobyl was in Florida! Learn something new everyday!

  • Anonymous

    That’s why I try not to sniff coworkers chairs.

  • Anonymous

    I knew I shouldn’t have asked. Well, now I have to live with it.

  • Anonymous

    Lucky you, I have to pay my wife extra for the Harassment.

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    If I had any Photoshop skills, I’d make it easier on you.

  • Anonymous

    Poor girl : (

  • Anonymous

    Well it said they’ve both been arrested for domestic assault disturbances. If one fights back, they tend to get arrested too. Great choice-Be a victim or get a record.

  • Anonymous

    LMAO
    Fart stories always crack me up, sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Well, she was planning on leaving him and she was married to him so it was a little more complicated than just to run. Gotta have a plan.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my he’s a real prize, eh.

  • Prominent Prozac

    No kids involved?…Ain’t that complicated.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. It was all her fault and her friends’ fault. It’s so easy to change states and homes and jobs and not get in touch with family and just disappear. I stand corrected.

  • Prominent Prozac

    Meh, if a person wants out, they find a way. I know this. It may not be easy, but it seems like she had a loving support system who could have seen her through. Did he kill her?Obviously. Would he have been able to do so if she wasn’t there to do so? Obviously not.

    This guy was clearly not brilliant. Change your number, restraining order just for some padding, move, anything else would have been extra considering he’s clearly not a genius.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341080666 Krista Kerosene

    http://www.4029tv.com/news/30179851/detail.html just an update to say he strangled her. As I said earlier this story really saddens me she seemed such a cool lass.

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