'Cold Justice' Investigation Leads To Arrest In 25-Year-Old Cold Case Of Murdered Mother Of 4

Jesse Hogue was arrested on March 21, 2019 for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Jackie Hogue.

By John Thrasher
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Kelly Siegler and her team of legal experts may be able to add another success story to their resume.

Jesse Hogue, 73, was arrested on March 21, 2019 in Pueblo County Colorado for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Jackie Hogue. Jackie's case had gone cold before Kelly Siegler "Cold Justice" team re-examined her murder during this season of the show.

A mother of four, Jackie Hogue was found dead in her bed by her teenaged sons in 1994—the result of two gunshot wounds to the back of her head. She had also been sexually assaulted, according to KKTV News

The gun used to kill Jackie was never recovered and no one had previously been charged with her murder.

Following an investigation by Oxygen's "Cold Justice" team, detailed in Sunday's season finale, new circumstantial evidence was found that made the case against Jesse Hogue more compelling to the 47th District Attorney's Office in Colorado.

In the episode, an anonymous witness who said she was close friends with Jackie recalled Jesse talking about the murder. "He started crying, and he told me if he could go back to that day that Jackie would be alive," said the witness.

When pressing Jesse for clarification, the witness claimed that Jesse said police could not convict him because they would never find the gun. "He said 'No they can't convict me unless they find the gun,' and that's when he told me that y'all would never find it. That y'all were too stupid," said the witness.

Jesse Hogue

Siegler and the "Cold Justice" team, armed with circumstantial evidence, took their questions to Jesse Hogue himself. Hogue, who moved to Colorado from Texas after the murder, takes part in an interview, which aired on Sunday's episode. In the interview, Hogue maintains his innocence, saying that he did not murder Jackie. 

"I loved her. I don't have it in me to murder somebody," Hogue told investigators on "Cold Justice."

Despite his claims of innocence, the circumstantial evidence found by Siegler and team was enough for a grand jury to indict Hogue, who was arrested during a traffic stop on March 21, 2019.

Hogue is currently being held at the Pueblo County Jail in Pueblo County, Colorado without bond. He will next face extradition to Texas, according to KKTV.

Cold Justice's episode featuring the case of Jesse and Jackie Hogue is now available to stream here on Oxygen.com, on demand and on the Oxygen NOW app.

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