Prosecution rests in Kenneth Wilcox trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/09

Prosecution rests in Kenneth Wilcox trial

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After three days and 30 witnesses the prosecution rested Thursday afternoon in the federal kidnapping trial of Kenneth Wilcox, but not before jurors heard from two women who say Wilcox terrorized them in the woods near Idabel, Oklahoma.

Sharon Sherman, from Montana, told the court she befriended Wilcox in 2007 and, shortly after, consented to take a trip to Las Vegas with him where he promised a Cadillac Escalade. Crying, she told jurors Wilcox terrorized her with stories of his friends wanting to rape and kill her. Sherman told jurors that she stabbed Wilcox in the face with a pencil one night while they were sleeping in his car to try to get away from him.

Nelda Gasto, from Nevada, gave a similar account of spending weeks with Wilcox in the woods in Idabel, Oklahoma, a place she didn't agree to go to. She told jurors Wilcox said his friends had no problems eating people and that he used handcuffs and tied rope around her neck.

Wilcox told FBI investigators that the stories he told the two women were similar to the ones he told the three Lubbock children he's accused of kidnapping. A FBI special agent investigated Sherman's allegations that Wilcox held her against her will. Wilcox's attorney pointed out on cross examination that neither of the two women's allegations against Wilcox had been prosecuted.

The defense will resume testimony Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

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