Friday, October 3, 2008

Memphis Teen Indicted for Three Murders, Including Policeman

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Friday that the state grand jury for Shelby County returned three indictments against a Memphis teenager for the murders of three victims killed in separate, unrelated crimes throughout Frayser, including the homicide of an off-duty Memphis police officer found shot to death last January inside his home.

The Grand Jury indicted Dexter Cox, 19, for the following charges: First degree murder and theft of property over $1,000. Cox is charged with shooting and killing Edward Vidulich, an off-duty Memphis police officer, on January 28, 2008 inside the victim’s home located on Shiloh Drive.

According to the affidavit of complaint filed in the case, Cox was in possession of the victim's stolen handgun when he was arrested on January 30. The victim's sport utility vehicle was also stolen and found burned on the day of the murder. Cox is also charged with shooting and killing Herbert Wooten and shooting and injuring Barbara Wooten on October 25, 2007 at the victims' home located on Pinedale Avenue. According to the affidavit of complaint filed in this case, Mr. Wooten was shot while sitting on the front porch after he was approached by a suspect who inquired about a treadmill the victim was selling. According to the affidavit, Mrs. Wooten was inside the home and went to the front door after hearing the gunshots. She was shot through the door and injured.

Cox is also charged with the murder of Gwendolyn Cherry. Police officers responding to a report of a shooting on Riney Street found Cherry dead under the home’s carport. The medical examiner ruled Cherry's death a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Memphis police arrested Cox on January 30, 2008 for murder of Edward Vidiluch. During that investigation, homicide detectives identified Cox as a suspect for the other murders. Cox is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond on each of the indictments.

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