Accused cop killer's case goes to grand jury - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Accused cop killer's case goes to grand jury

Dexter Cox, charged with first degree murder of Memphis Police Lt. Ed Vidulich, appeared in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Across three hours and six witnesses, prosecutors argued Cox went to Vidulich's house on January 28 intending to steal from Vidulich.  Cox then killed Vidulich, and took his gun and his car, prosecutors said.

Defense attorney Claiborn Ferguson disagreed.

"Based on the facts that were illicited at this hearing, it seemed to be that there may be some lack of evidence," he said.

The defense argued Cox went to Vidulich's house intending to settle a disagreement over payment for testimony about sex pictures previously stolen from Vidulich's house.

Defense attorneys said Vidulich attacked Cox, so Cox shot him in self-defense, and then took the gun and Vidulich's car in a panic.

In the end, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.  The deciding factor - according to the evidence, Cox went to Vidulich's house armed with a handgun.

Barbara Wooten sat in on the proceedings Tuesday. Cox is also accused of killing her husband Herbert in a separate incident.

Wooten was pleased by the day in court.
"It goes to the grand jury, and with the police officer, I hoped, and it should've been in our favor," she said.

It's was a favorable ruling for the prosecution, but the defense argued the fight was far from over.

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