Man found guilty of slaying 6 at Texas campsite in 2015

November 8, 2017

In a Nov. 1, 2017 photo, William Hudson walks into the 361st District Courtroom at the Brazos County Courthouse on the first day of his trial in Bryan, Texas. A jury took only 20 minutes Tuesday, Nov. 7 to find Hudson guilty of capital murder in the 2015 deaths of six people. Authorities say William Hudson had become angry after learning two families had cut a lock to a gate to gain access to land they owned for a weekend of camping. (Dave McDermand/College Station Eagle via AP)

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A man has been convicted of capital murder in the brutal slayings of six people at a remote Texas campsite in 2015.

A Brazos County jury found 35-year-old William Hudson guilty Tuesday on three counts of capital murder for his role in killing 77-year-old Carl Johnson, 40-year-old Hannah Johnson, 45-year-old Thomas Kamp, 23-year-old Nathan Kamp, 21-year-old Austin Kamp and 6-year-old Kade Johnson, The Eagle reported .

The victims were part of a blended family that had come from as far away as California for a weekend together to camp. They were camping on property they’d recently bought from Hudson’s family, prosecutors said.

Special prosecutor Lisa Tanner said Hudson resented the sale and killed the six after plying them with alcohol.

Cynthia Johnson, Carl Johnson’s wife and Hannah Johnson’s mother, was able to hide from Hudson and was the sole survivor of the shooting.

Anderson County District Attorney Allyson Mitchell said the case was unusual because it had a survivor and security footage.

The footage is from cameras outside Hudson’s mother’s home. While the footage doesn’t show the slayings, Mitchell said it corroborates Cynthia Johnson’s account of the events and provides enough proof of Hudson’s guilt.

Jeff Herrington, Hudson’s attorney, didn’t call witnesses but expressed the importance of serving on a jury.

“Pleading not guilty doesn’t mean a denial of fact or allegations,” Herrington said. He urged jurors to think about why the events unfolded.

Pre-trial publicity in Anderson County forced the case to be moved to Brazos County in order to avoid potential jury bias.

The jury is hearing punishment testimony Wednesday. Hudson faces life in prison with no chance for parole or death by lethal injection.


Information from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com

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