Trial: Woman admits sending threatening texts to murder victim

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July 19, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Rhonda Jackson prepares to testify about her interactions with victim Shawn Cook and defendant Joshua Knapp. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

Prosecutors wrapped up their case Wednesday in the trial of Joshua Knapp, accused of the March 2016 murder of Iolan Shawn Cook.

Several witnesses took the stand in day three of the weeklong trial, including former co-defendants James Myers and Rhonda Jackson, who previously had been charged with murder, but agreed to testify against Knapp as part of their respective plea deals.

Knapp is accused of slashing Cook’s throat along an Allen County road north of Gas sometime either late March 12 or early March 13, 2016, then after realizing Cook wasn’t dead, taking him to a desolate stretch of the Neosho River near Le Roy, and stabbing him repeatedly in the neck.

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