Accused Cop Killer Wanted For Two Other Murders

Accused Cop Killer Wanted For Two Other Murders

Memphis Police say the 18 year-old man charged with killing Lt. Ed Vidulich went on a Frayser murder spree.
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.
Memphis Police Lieutenant Ed Vidulich was found shot to death in his home in Frayser.
Memphis Police Lieutenant Ed Vidulich was found shot to death in his home in Frayser.
Memphis Police say Dexter Cox, the 18 year-old man charged with killing Lt. Ed Vidulich, is responsible for two other murders.

Both are unsolved Memphis homicides from October of 2007.   And, like Vidulich, the victims lived not far from the accused gunman's house.  

Friends and family of the victims say it's about time this Frayser murder spree was solved.

In the 1800 block of Pinedale Street, where 76 year-old Herbert Wooten was shot on October 25th, Kinda McKinnie wonders why anyone would want to kill his elderly neighbor.

"I don't know what he was thinking," McKinnie says referring to Cox.  "He killed a good man for nothing."

Wooten's son, Hugh, says he felt some relief when Memphis Police told him they had found his father's killer.   But he still has a lot of unanswered questions.

"What was his reason for doing it?" asks Wooten.  "He's only 18.  Why would he hurt that many people?"

Investigators say Dexter Cox targeted his first victim, 45 year-old Gwendolyn Cherry, on Riney Street off Frayser Boulevard.   Cherry was shot and killed in her carport on October 9th.

Neighbor Annie May Gibbs says a feeling of security has returned to the block now that police say they've caught Cherry's killer.

"I know something is wrong with him if he killed all three," says Gibbs.  "Something is wrong with him.  But he's old enough to be punished if he did all this."

Four months after her murder, Gwen Cherry's house is eerily quiet.   Herbert Wooten's house sits empty and abandoned.  It's the same story at Lt. Ed Vidulich's house where belongings and furniture were removed Monday, February 4, 2008, under the watchful eye of the Memphis Police.   Vidulich was shot and killed in his kitchen exactly one week ago, Monday, January 28th.

The victims' loved ones say Dexter Cox's string of killings are difficult to understand.

"It's a hard thing to live with," says Hugh Wooten.

Memphis Police say theft was the motive for the murders.   Herbert Wooten was known to carry a gun.  It was stolen after he was shot.  His wife, Barbara, was also critically injured in the shooting.

Investigators say preliminary tests show the same gun was used in all three murders.  Dexter Cox has only been charged with one murder at this point - the death of Lt. Vidulich.   Memphis Police say charges are pending in the other two cases.


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