DALLAS — The family of Deanna Cook saw the man accused of killing her in court today for the first time since she was murdered.
Delvecchio Patrick appeared in Judge Larry Mitchell’s 292nd Judicial District Court Monday morning for a pre-trial hearing to set the date for his murder trial. The trial will begin Feb. 5, 2014.
Last week, a source close to the case says Patrick initially didn’t want to appear in court because cameras were allowed in the courtroom.
He appeared Monday after a 90-minute delay. Patrick walked in, smiled at his attorney and sat down. He never acknowledged the Cook family.
“It was very emotional. We hadn’t seen him so of course we weren’t expecting the reaction we got,” said Karletha Gundy, Cook’s sister. “I was hoping for remorse but you didn’t see that. It was kind of disappointing.”
Patrick is accused of beating, choking then drowning Cook in her bathtub in August 2012. In an 11 minute long 911 tape obtained by News 8, Cook is heard begging for her life and naming her attacker.
She says, “I’m not doing anything. Baby, please.” Her attacker responds, “I’ll kill you. I’ll kill you.”
The case received national attention because it was botched by the police department and a 911 operator. The call was not prioritized, meaning it took an officer 50 minutes to get to Cook’s home in the Rylie area of Southeast Dallas.
Once officers arrived they saw nothing after walking around the home. The officers left. Cook’s body was found two days later by her mother.
She spoke after the hearing.
“This is my first time seeing him. He didn’t look sad at all. He didn’t look unhappy about what happened. It just hurts,” said Vickie Cook. “It just hurts so bad but I know God is able and justice will be served.”
First Assistant District Attorney Heath Harris will help prosecute the case.
“The 911 tape is very crucial. It’s a dying declaration. It’s clear again I don’t want to talk about the evidence in this case but those facts are out in the media and the tape speaks for itself,” he said.
The case brought about changes in DPD’s 911 call center including adding more officers and supervisors
Patrick’s attorney declined to comment.