Five years ago almost to the day Wednesday, Herbert Wooten and his wife Barbara were inside their home watching the evening news when Herbert answered a knock at the door. A neighbor teen wanted to but a piece of exercise equipment.
"He asked him how much we wanted for it. I did not see him come back but heard the front door shatter. I was on the couch and stood up. The next thing I know I was shot. My husband fell. I saw him shoot him in the leg after he killed him and then he shot me. I fell to the floor," Barbara Wooten said.
All the shooter wanted was the gun Herbert Wooten had a permit to carry.
In that moment, Barbara Wooten's life changed forever. After weeks of recovery in the hospital, she moved to her mother's home in Mississippi. She never returned to the home in Frayser.
Now living in Raleigh, Barbara leaned that the bullet that nearly killed her damaged her heart to the point that she now needs a heart transplant. One she learned Wednesday she will soon receive.
Dexter Cox was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But life for Barbara Wooten will never be the same.
"He's a scum bag. My opinion is that they should bury him. Not life in prison. They should execute him. I hate to see someone die but he has ruined me. I've lost my husband. I have a son without a father who he idolized. He was his best friend. My grand kids have no grandfather to look up to. And I am left all alone," Barbara Wooten said.
The ordeal for Barbara Wooten is long from being over. She will wait at Baptist East until she gets a heart transplant. And then a recovery period afterwards. Then she will begin trying to live as normal a life as possible.