LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One hour and 35 minutes was all it took for Lubbock jurors to find Kenneth Wilcox guilty on three counts of kidnapping.
Testimony wrapped up around 9:15 Friday morning after the defense called six witnesses. Both sides had half an hour to make closing arguments. Recapping the evidence presented, prosecutors told jurors Wilcox deceived the children by telling him they were going to Six Flags - instead he took them camping and played terrorizing games.
Jurors heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses during the three day trial, but it took jurors just less than two hours to find 41-year-old Kenneth Wilcox guilty on three counts of kidnapping - one for each Lubbock child he took to the woods in Oklahoma.
Attorneys from both sides made brief comments after the judge announced the verdict. "We're very pleased with the verdict and we felt like it was well supported by the evidence," said federal prosecutor Steven Suscy.
"We're obviously all very disappointed with the verdict that came out. Well, a pre-sentence investigation will be conducted and we will obviously be looking at all the different avenues for appeal," said public defender Michael King.
King says the pre-sentencing investigation is a lengthy process, during which interviews will be conducted and presented to the judge, who will decide Wilcox's punishment.
©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Prosecution rests in Kenneth Wilcox trial
After three days and 30 witnesses, the prosecution rested Thursday in the federal kidnapping trial of Kenneth Wilcox, but not before jurors heard from two women who say Wilcox terrorized them.
Wilcox trial: Day 2 wrap up
Eleven witnesses testified in the federal kidnapping trial of Kenneth Wilcox including the three Lubbock children at the center of this case.
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.