DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The man police say drowned his ex-wife in her Dallas apartment will face a judge. However, the family of Deanna Cook will wait longer than they’d hoped for that day.
For the first time, Cook’s family came face to face with her accused killer, Delvecchio Patrick, in court. Patrick is now scheduled to go on trial for murder on February 3, after his lawyers asked for a delay. Previously, his murder trial had been scheduled for December.
Cook, who was found dead in her bathtub on August 19, 2012, had called police two days earlier pleading for help. In the 911 call, the 32-year-old could be heard struggling and screaming for her life. She could also be heard calling the name “Red,” which her family members say is Patrick’s nickname.
Despite her distressed call, the 911 dispatcher did not mark the call as urgent. So, when police officers arrived at Cook’s Southeast Dallas home, they left after knocking on the door and getting no response.
Cook’s 911 call and death prompted sweeping changes for Dallas’ emergency dispatch center.
Family members found Cook’s body when they broke into her home two days after her call to police. Several of Cook’s family members were present during today’s court hearing and saw Patrick for the first time since her death.
“It’s emotional. This is my first time seeing him. He didn’t look sad at all. He didn’t look unhappy for what happened…and it just hurts. It just hurts so bad. And I know God is able and justice will be served,” said Vickie Cook, Deanna’s mother.
During Monday’s pre-trial hearing prosecutors agreed to turn over several pieces of evidence to the defense, including Cook’s entire 911 call.
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