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Mark Cook

Jessica Luna Cook and her new boyfriend, Michael Montgomery hatched a successful scheme to put her husband, Mark Cook out of the picture in a vicious custody battle. Justice will be served when Mark Cook is exonerated and these two are locked up. The children, Taylor and Nathan are doubly victimized because they are both denied their loving father and subjected to their abusive mother. Mark Cook's mother contacted injusticebusters when Mark was first arrested. We were horrified by the story and, even though it is far from Saskatchewan we provided a link to the Mark Cook Website. [defunct] We really thought there was an excellent chance he would be acquitted because the only evidence was perjured testimony. Were we ever wrong!
-- Sheila Steele

Framed in Fort Worth:
17 years for a crime that didn't happen!

Mark Cook

Letter from the shocked mother of Mark Cook

I am writing to you to seek your help. Mark's trial was this past week. He was found guilty and sentenced to 17 years, for Aggravated Sexual Assault with a Deadly Weapon…

I am astonished.

During the trial proceedings it was learned there was NO DNA testing done, there was no forensic evidence, there was no rape test. The DA claimed he could not do vaginal secretion test on gun. The case was based on the testimony of Mark's ex-wife and her boyfriend. There were many contradictions throughout the course of their testimonies. Mark's attorney made many objections through the trial which the judge continually overruled. Even when witness statements were repeated in different manner by the DA. Questions Mark's attorney would try to ask to establish the motive for all this, the DA would object and guess what… Mr. Factor was not allowed to ask.

The police even testified, when stopped at the hospital, Mark complied with everything they told him to do while she screamed and hid behind an officer saying "he has a knife on him". Well, of course, they searched Mark outside of the vehicle where they stopped him, and, surprise, there was no knife or gun on his person. On one occasion, even the Judge, after their testimony and after the courtroom was cleared, told Mr Factor and Mark, "these charges will never hold up, there is not enough evidence."

She and the boyfriend claim Mark beat her around the knees with a tire tool, but yet the doctor report states no bruising or damaged tissue. The DA said Mark plotted and did certain actions that day, which, when the boyfriend was on the stand and asked about these, he stated Mark did not do but he, Michael, did. The DA claims since their first stories still match there is not a problem with later contradictions. The initial set-up to lure Mark to the "scene of the crime" was plotted and planned so it is not surprising their initial stories match. They have now lived together for a year and have developed contradictions between their stories.

WHY? Why did she call the boyfriend at work, approx 30-45 minutes away, instead of 911 for help if someone was trying to get into the apartment?

She claims she got the knife out of the drawer and carried it around the apartment till the boyfriend got home, well the boyfriend testified she had the tire tool, not a knife.

Please, I need help to save my son from prison for something he did not do. Yes sir, we wish we could change the fact that he, Mark, had been there but what he is guilty of is being a young father, who cherished his two children, (which she has seen to he lost, which she stated she would do that) and for wanting them to spend time with their mother. This all stemmed from my son, Mark Cook, filing for divorce and obtaining custody of the two minor children.

Please, help us.


Judy Cook: The following reports simply tell what happened at trial. What a missed opportunity for investigative journalism. What happened to the days when journalists actually went out and got the corroboration -- in this case Mark Cook's story could certainly be corroborated regarding Jessica's previous abuse of Mark and the children, for instance. If we're warned about graphic language, let's get the whole damn picture! A good defence lawyer would have run to the media with this.


Man given 17 years in attack on wife

A Fort Worth man convicted of sexually assaulting his estranged wife with a handgun has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

A Tarrant County jury decided the punishment Friday for Mark Cook, 26, who was convicted Thursday of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon.

Cook faces five other charges related to the attack in February 2002: two counts of burglary with intent to commit a felony, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of aggravated kidnapping.

Cook's defense attorney, Abe Factor, had argued that no forensic evidence showed that Cook's estranged wife had been raped with a gun.

Factor and Tarrant County prosecutors could not be reached to comment Monday.

The attack occurred Feb. 26 after Cook's estranged wife arrived at the apartment of her boyfriend, Michael Montgomery, in the 2400 block of Meadow Park Circle in Bedford.

Montgomery testified that he raced home after the woman called to tell him that a stranger was in the parking lot and that someone had tried to open the door.

When Montgomery arrived at the apartment, Cook forced his way inside, according to testimony. Cook then pointed a 9 mm handgun at the couple and held them hostage for four hours, at one point ordering the woman to disrobe, Montgomery testified.

Cook sexually assaulted the woman with the gun as he called her derogatory names and threatened to kill her, according to testimony.

Her throat was cut with a steak knife, and she was stabbed in the shoulder, Montgomery told jurors.

Montgomery said he finally convinced Cook that the woman needed to go to a hospital. As Cook drove her to Harris Methodist H.E.B. hospital in Bedford, Montgomery called 911, and Bedford police arrested Cook in the hospital parking lot.

Cook's estranged wife testified against him during the trial.


Man taunted wife in attack, witness says

A Fort Worth man accused of sexually assaulting his estranged wife with a handgun taunted her as he raped her, according to testimony Tuesday from a man who said he was forced to watch the attack.

Mark Cook, 26, forced his way into a Bedford apartment where his wife lived with Michael Montgomery in February 2002, according to testimony in Cook's trial Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Cook made his wife sit naked on a couch, and he raped her with a black handgun as he called her derogatory names, Montgomery testified. Cook also stabbed her in the shoulder with a steak knife and threatened to kill his two hostages, Montgomery said.

A conviction for aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Five other charges against Cook related to the attack are pending.

Cook's attorney, Abe Factor of Fort Worth, said the prosecutors' case against Cook is flimsy.

"You will find that there was no forensic evidence in this case," Factor told the jury of six women and six men. "There should have been."

Montgomery said he met Cook's estranged wife in November 2001, and she moved in with him at the end of December 2001. He said that he was unaware she was married.

On the night of Feb. 26, 2002, Cook held his estranged wife and Montgomery at gunpoint for about four hours in the Bedford apartment, Montgomery testified.

"I rushed to the apartment when she called to tell me that she had seen a stranger in the parking lot and someone had jiggled the apartment door," Montgomery said.

Chris Farris, a resident of the apartment complex, testified that he had seen a suspicious man wearing a hooded jacket and sunglasses in the parking lot.

When Montgomery came home, he was accosted outside the apartment by a man with a gun, he testified. He later identified the man as Mark Cook.

"He told me to get in the apartment," Montgomery testified. "A few minutes later, he told her to get naked."

For the next four hours, Cook raped the woman, beat her with a crowbar and stabbed her, Montgomery testified.

"This is not a case of whodunit," prosecutor D.D. Rhoden said in opening statements Tuesday. "Those were a scary four hours for her and her boyfriend."

Rhoden told jurors that Cook stalked his estranged wife before he burst into the apartment.

"He's ranting and raving the entire time he's in the apartment," Rhoden said. "He questioned her during the evening, and hit her with a crowbar when she answered him."

But Factor said Cook's estranged wife called him to the apartment that night.

"She had two motives for this," Factor said. "One, she desired attention from more than one man. Second, she wanted a confrontation between her new boyfriend and her husband."

Factor said Cook should have been charged with a lesser crime.

"The charge is not true," Factor said. "It's just impossible."

The couple escaped when Montgomery convinced Cook that the woman would die if she did not receive medical treatment, Montgomery testified.

As Cook drove her to Harris Methodist H.E.B. hospital in Bedford, Montgomery called 911. Cook was arrested in the hospital parking lot.

Testimony will resume today in Criminal District Court No. 396 in Fort Worth.


Trial begins for man accused of raping, stabbing estranged wife

An angry Fort Worth man used a gun to rape his estranged wife at a Bedford apartment last year while her boyfriend was forced to watch, a prosecutor said today.

Mark Cook also beat her with a crowbar and stabbed her with a steak knife during a four-hour period on Feb. 26, 2002.

"This is not a case of whodunnit," prosecutor D.D. Rhoden said. "Those were a scary four hours for her and her boyfriend."

Rhoden's statement opened the first day of testimony in the aggravated sexual assault trial of Cook, 26, who is accused of breaking into his estranged wife's Bedford apartment and attacking her.

Five other charges related to the attack are pending against Cook.

Rhoden told a jury of six women and six men that Cook stalked his estranged wife before he burst into her apartment, taking her and her boyfriend hostage.

"He's ranting and raving the entire time he's in the apartment," Rhoden said. "He questioned her during the evening, and hit her with a crowbar when she answered him." He also stabbed her in the shoulder with a knife, authorities said.

But Cook's attorney, Abe Factor of Fort Worth, questioned prosecutors' case against Cook.

"You will find that there was no forensic evidence in this case," Factor told jurors. "There should have been."

Factor said that Cook's estranged wife called him to her apartment that night.

"She had two motives for this," Factor said. "One, she desired attention from more than one man. Second, she wanted a confrontation between her new boyfriend and her husband."

Factor said Cook should have been charged with a lesser crime.

"The charge is not true, "Factor said. "It's just impossible."

The couple escaped when the woman's boyfriend finally convinced the attacker that the woman would die if she did not receive medical treatment, police said.

The suspect drove her to Harris Methodist H.E.B. hospital in Bedford, and the woman's boyfriend call 911. Cook was arrested in the hospital parking lot.