18 Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Murder of Memphis Police Officer Lt. Ed Vidulich

18 Year-Old Arrested in Connection With Murder of Memphis Police Officer Lt. Ed Vidulich

A Memphis teenager has been charged with 1st-degree murder in connection with the death of a Memphis Police officer. <p> <a href="http://community.myeyewitnessnews.com/blogs/speakup/archive/2008/01/28/2444352.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Speak Up! Memphis on this story</strong></a>
Lt. Ed Vidulich had been with the Memphis Police Department for 28 years.
Lt. Ed Vidulich had been with the Memphis Police Department for 28 years.

An arrest has been made in the murder of Police Lt. Ed Vidulich.  Vidulich was found shot to death in his Frayser home Monday, January 28th.  18 year-old Dexter Cox has been charged with first degree murder.  According to a Police Affidavit, Cox confessed to shooting Vidulich, taking his gun and his Ford Explorer - then setting the SUV on fire.

Another affidavit says Cox was arrested Wednesday, January 30, 2008, in connection to a shooting outside Frayser High School.  Police found him, searched a nearby home and found a gun they say was stolen from the Officer's home.  Investigators then realized they had their guy.

Mack McKinna has some harsh words for Cox, calling him "a little 18 year-old punk, who killed a good policeman."  McKinna, and other neighbors are happy to hear an arrest has been made. 

The crime scene tape is still outside Vidulich's home.  Since Monday, there has been a constant police presence.  The CSI Command Post and squad cars are still across the street from the home. 

Neighbors say they are relieved that an arrest has been made, but they also say this isn't over.  Neighbor Archie Collins says a conviction or more arrests would add closure.  Collins also says he'll be content when he hears "in detail, what happened in the death of Ed Vidulich."  Collins has many questions for officers including, "why his (Vidulich) particular house?

A News Conference will take place, Sunday, February 3rd, at 3:00 p.m.

Police records show this isn't Cox's first run in with the law.  In July of 2007, he was arrested for Aggravated Robbery and Evading Arrest.

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