WATERLOO -- New trials for an Iowa City man charged in two kidnappings could begin in late May.
David Erroll Willock, 32, is accused in the Oct. 16, 2002, home invasion robbery at a Waterloo woman's home and the botched abduction of Anthony Cole and Cassy Jenkins, from her Cedar Falls apartment Oct. 26, 2002.
A Black Hawk County jury convicted Willock, a former nightclub and clothing store employee, of kidnapping, robbery and burglary in September 2003. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 50 years.
But the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned the convictions when it ruled Willock should have been given separate trials in each of the two crimes.
The Iowa Attorney General's Office challenged the ruling, and the Iowa Supreme Court declined to hear the matter. It was sent back to Black Hawk County District Court last week.
Willock's first retrial is tentatively scheduled for May 31, said Assistant County Attorney Ray Walton. It will pertain to the Waterloo crime.
Prosecutors said Willock and others broke into the woman's home in the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 2002.
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She and her children were bound with duct tape. And the attackers beat and sexually abused the woman as they tried to get her to lure a former boyfriend and Alonzo Quinn to her home.
Then 10 days later, according to authorities, Willock and others duct taped Cole and Jenkins, detained them in her Cedar Falls apartment and then took them to her car blindfolded.
Cole later fought his abductors and fled, and Jenkins escaped from the trunk of the car after it was abandoned.
A second trial for the Cedar Falls crime hasn't been set.
No one else has been prosecuted in the kidnappings.
Prosecutors said the home invasions occurred as Willock and others looked for Cole, Lamont Horton and Quinn in an effort to get money from them.
This happened after Chicago police seized a suitcase with $63,000 in cash from Cole Sept. 20, 2002.
Quinn and his girlfriend, Rhiannon Olsen, were found shot to death in Quinn's home in January 2003. No one has been arrested in connection with their deaths.
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