First SAU Stolen Horse Trial Begins

First SAU Stolen Horse Trial Begins

Disturbing details came to life as the first day of testimony began in the trial against Wendie Cox. Prosecutors allege she masterminded the 2011 theft of the Southern Arkansas University Rodeo Team’s four horses and the slaughter of the fifth.

The trial was moved from Columbia County to Union County after defense attorney John Stroud of Texarkana requested a change of venue. He alleged his client couldn’t get a fair trial in the college town where the horses were stolen.

Cox is facing four counts theft of property over $5,000, two counts theft of property over $25,000, and two counts theft of property over $1,000.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Butler’s opening statement told a story of greed, revenge, and manipulation to jurors.

Jaci Rae Jackson is scheduled to testify against her mother this morning.