Police launch internal investigation following leak of document - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Police launch internal investigation following leak of document

Memphis police charged Dexter Cox with first degree murder in the death Lt. Ed Vidulich.  Now police have launched an internal investigation into how an unsigned document with details of the murder was leaked and ended up on the internet.

"We have an ongoing investigation. The person or persons who released that should know investigations are critical to compromise and investigation however so minimal that may be as professional as the police are it's disturbing and very disappointing," Larry Godwin of the Memphis police department said.

Police said the unsigned document is Dexter Cox's statement to investigators.

In the statement, Cox said he went to Vidulich's house to talk to him about a break in at the officers home in the summer that Cox claims two of his friends pulled off.

Cox said he went to Vidulich's house to blackmail him so he would get some charges dropped against him. Cox said he struggled with Vidulich and he shot him. Then he took his car and burned it.

Director Godwin says it is important to note the statement is just the suspect's side of the story and may not be true.

District Attorney Bill Gibbons said the leaking of this document is a serious matter.

"The release of government records before they are public is a very serious problem. We're working very closely with the police department  on that issue. The document that was released is not a public document," Gibbons said.

Gibbons said it is possible the leaking of the document was a criminal act.


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