Cox trial date moved
A new trial date was scheduled today in Columbia County Circuit Court for Jan. 24-25, 2013, for Wendi Cox for her role in the 2011 Southern Arkansas University horse theft case. Cox was originally set for trial Jan. 9-11, 2013, on four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000.
Cox and her attorney, John Stroud of Texarkana, appeared in court today before Circuit Judge Larry Chandler. Stroud stated that Cox is scheduled for trial Jan. 17, 2013, in Little River County, and requested the Columbia County trial be postponed until after that proceeding. Judge Chandler agreed, and set pre-trial motions to be due Jan. 3, 2013, with a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 17, 2013.
Deputy Prosecutor David Butler told the Banner-News this afternoon that Cox also faces charges in Little River County and in Oklahoma. He said Cox is charged with theft of property over $5,000 in Ashdown for cattle theft, and has charges pending in Oklahoma in an arson case.
In Little River County, George Berrish III and William Webster Hamilton were both charged with cattle theft. Butler told the Banner-News today that Berrish has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to eight years for his role in that case.
In Columbia County, both Berrish and Hamilton are charged with four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000.
According to court records, around Nov. 3, 2011, five horse, a trailer, and some tack were stolen from the SAU campus. Four of the five horses were later recovered and the remains of the fifth horse, Credit Card, were found.