Testimony begins in Wilcox kidnapping trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/26/09

Testimony begins in Wilcox kidnapping trial

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Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The federal trial of Kenneth Wilcox began Tuesday morning and federal prosecutors wasted no time calling nine witnesses to the stand.

Hours of testimony revealed more details into the relationship between Wilcox and the children that he took to the river near Idabel, Oklahoma. Wilcox lived in the same apartment complex as the children he took and his son became friends with the 8-year-old boy and his 11-yearold sister.

Federal prosecutors called the parents of the three children who were taken to the stand. Their testimony revealed they were all under the impression that their children were going to six flags with Wilcox, a trip promised as a result of good progress reports in school. When the children did not return home Sunday, their parents got nervous and called Lubbock Police Department.

Testimony revealed Wilcox told Juanita Ortiz, mother of two of the children, that reservations were made at the Eldorado Casino, in Shreveport, LA. Ortiz told jurors she didn't know that was in Louisiana and was under the impression that was close to Dallas.

Prosecutors told the jury the day Wilcox left Lubbock with four children he had camping equipment, rice and beans and furry handcuffs. The children never made it to the theme park.

After leaving Lubbock Wilcox drove to Amarillo where he dropped his son off and received directions from his ex-wife to Texarkana.

Wilcox's attorney told jurors that while the planning of the trip was poor, the main point to focus on, evident through cross examination was parental consent. Wiping back tears, two of the parents told the jury they would have never let their children go if they had known their kids were not going to the theme park.

Wilcox faces three counts of federal kidnapping. Testimony will resume in the Mahon Federal Building Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

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4/23/09
New court documents allege Wilcox kidnapped before
New details are revealed in court documents about the man accused of taking three Lubbock children and driving them across state lines. Court documents reveal Kenneth Wilcox may have done this before.

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