ON TRIAL: Eddie Lee Jackson (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Testimony continued Monday in the trial of the man accused of kidnapping an Oil City woman and setting fire to her car. Among those taking the stand, the couple's two oldest children, both in their teens.
Eddie Jackson is charged with second degree kidnapping and simple arson in connection to the January 2011 disappearance of 30 year old Tracy Winslow. She was taken from outside an Oil City apartment where she lived with her mother and has not been seen since.
In court Monday, jurors heard from Winslow's cousin, Felicia Holden. Holden testified to the troubles Jackson and Winslow had been having around the time of her disappearance, and how Winslow had moved out of the house they shared and in with her mother. She also testified that Winslow had begun a new relationship with another man around the same time.
Next on the stand, a forensic interviewer with the Gingerbread House, establishing the fact that the couple's two oldest children were interviewed in the weeks following Winslow's disappearance.
That testimony was followed by that of 16-year-old Shacaria. The couple's oldest child recalled the Thanksgiving 2010 incident at the family's home, in which she says "He told her to get out and get her stuff, and get out, and then he told her that he would kill her. And then he shot the ceiling." The teen was asked on the stand whether she thought her dad knew something, and responded that on the day of Winslow's disappearance, her father was "acting calm, where if you loved her that much, you would be worried, too."
The teen broke down on the stand as she recalled being woken up in the middle of the night when she and her 13-year-old brother were told her mother was missing. That prompted a brief break before testimony could continue.
Shacaria's 13-year-old brother Damien also took the stand. His testimony was very similar to his sister, but he also added that when his dad threatened to kill his mom, the young boy didn't think he meant it.
Another of Winslow's cousins, Theresa Winslow, told the jury that Tracy Winslow had gotten a gun not long before her disappearance because of threatening text messages Jackson had sent her.
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