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Godwin announces charges in officer's death

Dexter Cox (courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org) Dexter Cox (courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org)
Ed Vidulich (file photo) Ed Vidulich (file photo)

A Memphis man has been charged in the shooting death of Memphis Police Lt. Ed Vidulich, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said Sunday.

With Vidulich's wife, mother, and daughter in attendance at an afternoon press conference, Godwin announced that 18-year-old Dexter Cox had been arrested and charged in the officer's murder.

"He was taken into custody Friday morning as he attended court," Godwin said.

According to Godwin, the murder stemmed from a July 2007 burglary of Vidulich's home.  After the burglary, Godwin said, Cox was able to gain Vidulich's trust to gain access to his home.

Vidulich's body was discovered in his home early on the morning of January 28th.  Godwin said Vidulich was targeted by Cox, and the murder was not random.

"We believe he was targeted for his firearms," Godwin said.

Besides facing charges for Vidulich's death, Godwin said Cox would face charges in two additional murders.  Gwendolyn Cherry and Herbert Wooten were allegedly shot to death by Cox in seperate incidents in October 2007.  Wooten's wife Barbara was also seriously injured in one of the shootings.

Officials said Cox was arrested near Frayser High School Wednesday after gunshots were heard in the area. Officers saw Cox standing behind a house in the 1500 block of Dellwood.  As they approached Cox, the officers saw him place something on the ground.

Upon searching a residence at 1515 Dellwood, officers found a black Sig Sauer and live rounds, which Cox said he found on the street.  It was later determined that the gun had been taken from Vidulich's home when he was killed.

Godwin said that all Memphians should be glad that a "brutal killer" was off the streets.

"It is great news for this community," he said. "Memphis cannot and will not stand for this type of brutal, criminal activity."

Godwin was in New Jersey at a memorial for Vidulich when he found out charges had been issued against Cox.

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