Joelle Lockwood & her rescuer testify in kidnapping trial

Joelle Lockwood & her rescuer testify in kidnapping trial
Ricky House
Ricky House
Kendra Tooley
Kendra Tooley
'Cage' where Lockwood was allegedly confined
'Cage' where Lockwood was allegedly confined

POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) - The Evansville mother who was allegedly kidnapped, raped, and locked in cage testified on day two of the Ricky House Jr. trial in Posey County.

It was the first time Joelle Lockwood told her side of the story.

WARNING: Details may be disturbing and graphic to some.

Lockwood told the jury that she was panicked and scared to death when she says she woke up naked in House's mobile home last July. She says she was zip-tied to the bed, with her legs and arms spread apart, and was drugged and then blindfolded.

Lockwood testified that she went to House's trailer to 'party' with House and Kendra Tooley. She says what started as a good time quickly turned into two months of fearing for her life.

For nearly 60 days, Lockwood says she was often tied to beds, repeatedly raped, forced to watch pornographic videos, and eventually padlocked inside a wooden cage. She says House and Tooley made her wear a belt and a collar with a rope attached.

[24 charges total filed against suspects in Lockwood case]

While Lockwood told the jury she wanted to escape, she says House and Tooley threatened to shoot her if she tried to leave.

Lockwood testified that Tooley's ex-husband, Ronald Higgs, visited the trailer for several days and was the one who ultimately saved her.

Higgs told the jury he thought he wasn't going to make it out alive.

He says he went to the trailer on September 4, 2014 and stayed there for two days. Higgs says he originally thought what he witnessed was consensual.

Higgs backed up Lockwood's testimony, saying she looked like a "whooped dog" with nothing but a T-shirt, a collar with a rope attached, messy hair, and a slight smell about her. That's when he said he knew something was wrong.

Higgs testified Lockwood was forced to clean and needed permission to eat or use the restroom. He also told the jury she was raped.

Higgs says he told House he was taking Lockwood away on September 9, but House told him not until the baby is born. That's when a fight began and Higgs says he was able to help Lockwood escape.

Higgs says he was able to reunite Lockwood with her parents that day and called it a miracle.

The prosecution presented more than 40 pieces of evidence during Lockwood's testimony.

The trial will continue on Wednesday.

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