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5/27/09

Testimony continues in Wilcox kidnapping trial

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

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Jurors in Kenneth Wilcox's federal kidnapping trial got to hear from the alleged victims themselves - the three Lubbock children ranging from age 9 to 15. All three described a weekend with Wilcox they thought was going to include a trip to Six Flags in Arlington.

At the end of day two in the Wilcox trial, jurors heard testimony from 11 witnesses. But it was the words of three children this case centers around that had jurors on the edge of their seats. All of the children told the court they went on the trip because they thought they were going to Six Flags which was the itinerary their parents gave consent for.

Lashawnda Theriac, 15, told jurors she thought she might have to kill someone and that she didn't want to but it would be her only way out. She never asked for help because she told the court she thought Wilcox was the adult and he'd ask for the help, and that if they didn't do what his friend's said, they would make them sex slaves.

Jasmine Bazan, 12, confirmed this story to jurors. Wilcox dropped Lashawnda and Angel Contreras, 9, off at his cousin's trailer near Idabel, Oklahoma, without the cousin's knowledge, and took Jasmine to get food. All the children said this was part of the "plan" to escape Wilcox's bad friends.

Both girls told investigators and the court Wilcox did not touch them inappropriately, and all three children said they cried multiple times while on the trip.

The defense is expected to start its case in chief sometime Thursday, and Kenneth Wilcox is on the witness list.

Tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 10, you'll hear what investigators and friends of Wilcox, all of whom were all involved in the hours leading up to the discovery of the children, told jurors.

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5/26/09
Day 1 testimony in Wilcox kidnapping trial
The first day of testimony revealed Kenneth Wilcox began planning a trip to Six Flags three weeks before the October 24, 2008 departure date.

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