The long anticipated trial of the man accused of brutally shooting a popular Memphis Police Lieutenant has hit another snag.
A motion hearing for Dexter Cox, charged with the first degree murder of Lt. Ed Vidulich more than four years ago, was postponed until next week. Although Cox didn't make a court appearance on Tuesday, a Memphis woman still can't erase the memory of the man she regards as a cold-blooded killer.
The unidentified woman claims she did all the right things, leading police to surveillance tapes that backed up her story. But, she is still living in fear because of what she saw Dexter Cox do. She wonders if her efforts were worth it all.
Since that night five years ago, she has lived in the limbo of "what if," as an alleged eyewitness to the animalistic fury convicted multiple murderer Dexter Cox unleashed on one of his unsuspecting victims.
"I witnessed the murder of Miss Cherry. That Mr. Cox murdered first. I identified the murderer by picture," she says.
Though she does not want to be identified, out of enduring fear of the killer she saw ruthlessly gun down 45-year-old Gwendoline Cherry on a Frayser street Oct. 9, 2007, the Memphis woman nervously paced the hallways of the Criminal Justice Center working up the courage to get a glimpse of Cox who was scheduled to attend a court hearing on Tuesday.
Her recollection of what she saw through her window that night still haunts her.
"I watched him walk across the street and shoot her and shoot her over and over again," she said. "I watched him as he walked away. I walked out my house barefoot and watched that man walk away. So, I could be able to identify him and I did."
As she waited, she pulled out a crumpled letter she had once intended to send to the families of Cox's other victims - 76-year-old Herbert Wooten and 51-year-old, Lt. Vidulich, a 28-year veteran of Memphis police.
Cox was convicted in 2011 for Mr. Wooten's murder and the wounding of his wife, Barbara.
"I stood up just to see what was going on and I said, 'what the ...?' The next thing you know I was shot. I seen my husband fall. I seen him shoot him in the leg after he done killed him," recalled Barbara.
Cox still awaits trial in the high profile death penalty case as the accused murderer of the popular Mr. Vidulich, who was gunned down at his home in January 2008. Cox allegedly would confess to the shooting death less than a week later.
"Dexter D. Cox ... 18 ... has been charged with the first degree murder and perpetration of a theft," former Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin at the time. "A violent, brutal killer is in custody."
But, while she knows Cox is not free, feeling just as trapped is the conscience of the woman who still feels, if police had acted quicker in using her information and eyewitness account, along with the video from a store surveillance camera which backed up her story, the deaths that followed, that of the homeless Ms. Cherry, could have been avoided.
"If Miss Cherry was taken serious even though she was homeless. If they would have arrested him, then Mr. Vidulich ... Mr. Wooten wouldn't be dead. There was a three-four month time period. They had the name as well as the face," says the unidentified woman. "Treat each murder as if it is very important…because Miss Cherry was somebody also."
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