Judge To Decide On Pueblo Murder Conviction


A judge will decide whether a man sentenced a decade ago to 26 years in prison for second-degree murder will go free after supporters say he didn't understand his plea agreement.

The Colorado Court of Appeals awarded Herbert Hudson a new trial in March, ruling that even though Hudson signed a written waiver, he was never adequately informed what the waiver meant.

Hudson, 34, was convicted on second-degree murder charges in 2001 for shooting and killing his friend Roy Mitchell during an argument in 2000. Mitchell was initially reported missing--his body wasn't found until more than a year later, in a shallow grave on Pueblo's west side.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, the Pueblo District Attorney's Office and Hudson reached an agreement last week in which Hudson will plead guilty to manslaughter on Monday because of the uncertainty of finding witnesses in the 10-year-old case.

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  • by Unrepentant on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Am I the only one questioning this line of reasoning? Simply because the guy didn't premeditate the murder he is somehow less of a threat to society? What happens the next time he get's mad at someone? Despite what the "experts" espouse, I firmly believe that public executions for capital crimes would be a deterrent to future capital crimes. A few public beheadings might make people think twice before they kill someone in a moment of anger.
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