The April 24, 2008 murder of LT Todd Cox is being featured on Nancy Grace on CNN. Grace did a short segment on this case last Friday, and we will do another this Friday, the 14th on CNN Headline News at 8pm and 10pm.
The following are pertinent excerpts from the transcript of last Friday’s show:
GRACE: And tonight, a hometown Navy officer gunned down in cold blood. No, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, in upscale Virginia suburbs, and the tragedy unfolds directly in front of the victim`s two little girls, his fiancee and the family dog on a stroll in a quaint, pristine neighborhood. Tonight, the manhunt. Who killed Navy Lieutenant Todd Cox (ph)?
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We went from planning a wedding to a funeral. And it`s just the same nightmare every day you wake up.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A fiancee desperate for help, speaking out after her future husband brutally gunned down. Naval Lieutenant Todd Cox went for a walk with his family. Out of nowhere, a pick-up truck pulls up, a gunman walks up to Todd and fires at point-blank range, hitting Todd multiple times, the brutal murder right in front of his own fiancee and family. Now his fiancee begs for just one tip, so justice is served.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think for the whole family, we deserve answers, and whoever did this needs to pay for what they`ve done.
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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The sounds of gunfire quickly turned this tranquil neighborhood in a chaotic crime scene. At around 8:00, police say Todd Cox, his fiancee and two children were walking their dog along Beverly Avenue when the shooter gunned Cox down.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Megan says she made eye contact with the driver who would become Todd`s killer.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And a truck drove by, turned around a dead end and came back and pulled over behind us, and next thing I know, Todd pushed me down on to the ground, and I hear shots. And I — looked over, and he was on the ground.
GRACE: A military man gunned down. No, not Iraq or Afghanistan, right here on U.S. soil. The worst part — there is a worst part. He is gunned down in front of his fiancee and two little children as they`re out walking the family dog.
Let`s go straight to Jane Velez-Mitchell, investigative reporter and now host of “ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL” at 7:00 p.m. Eastern right here on HEADLINE NEWS.
Jane, what happened?
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST, “ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL”: Well, this is a horrific story. You see he is such a handsome Naval officer, a war hero, good family man. He is walking last April 24th at about 8:00 p.m., down a quiet tree-lined street, in a very safe neighborhood, with his fiancee. They had gotten engaged less than a month ago.
His child from a previous marriage, a 9-year-old girl, and her daughter from a previous marriage, an 11-year-old girl, are up a little further ahead with the family dog. Just a beautiful scene.
Well, suddenly, this pickup truck drives past them, goes to the dead end, and then doubles back, and then this man — this mystery strange man, gets out of the car, and guns this Naval officer, this war hero down. Execution-style. When he tumbles to the ground, they keep pumping the bullets into him.
This individual — now, this is not a robbery, he didn`t take anything, he didn`t really interact with anybody else, just gets back in his pickup truck, drives off. This is seven months ago, they have absolutely no suspects, they don`t know why this happened. They talked to all the lieutenant`s friends. Nobody had a grudge.
It was certainly not motivated by money, because the suspect diplomat take didn`t take anything. It is a total mystery, and the fiancee is tortured and devastated, as are the children.
And I saw the letter that she wrote to you, Nancy, and I`m really happy you`re doing this story, because that letter broke my heart.
GRACE: Everybody, I`ve got to tell you about the tip. There`s a $2,000 reward, and the tip line is 888-LOCK-U-UP, 888-562-5887. And joining me right now, everyone, we need your help.
Who killed a man who has served our country for so long, on the verge of starting a new life with his girlfriend of three years, just engaged, blending their families, out for a walk, in a good neighborhood.
With me right now, Megan McGuire, Lieutenant Todd Cox`s fiancee.
Miss McGuire, thank you for being with us.
MEGAN MCGUIRE, LT. TODD COX`S FIANCEE, DAD & NAVAL OFFICER SHOT IN COLD BLOOD: Thank you.
GRACE: When did you guys plan to get married?
MCGUIRE: Either this October or November. We were going to do it this fall.
GRACE: And I understand it was going to be an outside ceremony with all of your blended family there together?
MCGUIRE: That`s correct.
GRACE: And you had just gotten your engagement ring, right here in the diamond district in Manhattan and were so excited you took the wrong train home.
MCGUIRE: We did.
GRACE: Megan, what has your life been like since this incident, and how are the little girls?
MCGUIRE: It`s been a nightmare. The kids are doing — they`re doing well. All of them are in counseling. Just trying to move forward with our lives.
GRACE: You know, it`s hard enough when violent crime touches your life, but at such a young age, 9 and 11? What can you remember about that night? What do you remember about the shooter?
MCGUIRE: I just looked at him briefly, as he passed us, driving down the street. Just a black male. I believe he had on a white tee shirt and blue jeans. I really saw him get out of the truck out of my peripheral vision, and before I knew it, Todd had pushed me down on the ground, and the shots started. So I didn`t really get a very — you know, very long look at him.
GRACE: What about the truck? What do you recall about the truck? What can you tell us about that?
MCGUIRE: It was a mid `90s model Ford F150. It was white, two-toned with green. So the base of the truck was white with green stripes. Just an older, kind of beat-up work-type truck.
GRACE: Did he say anything? Were any words exchanged?
MCGUIRE: No, he didn`t say a word.
GRACE: What did you do as soon as he was shot? What did you do?
MCGUIRE: I was — I was laying on the ground, and I had my arms over my head. Basically, once I realized what was happening, really, I just laid there and waited to get shot myself. I thought for sure that he was going to shoot me, too.
And then as soon as the shots stopped, I heard the truck start, and the truck was leaving, and I looked over.
GRACE: Everyone, Megan, hold on one moment. We`re going to break. She is going to join us afterwards, and we`re going to give you the tip line again.
But right now, “CNN HEROES.”
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GRACE: I want to remind you the tip line on that Virginia story is 888- LOCK-U-UP. We`re also putting the information on our Web site, CNN.com/Nancygrace.
The full transcript of the show can be found here.