ETX man arrested for murder of teenage girl, suspect's family insists shooting was accidental

ETX man arrested for murder of teenage girl, suspect's family insists shooting was accidental
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POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:28pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 8:56pm

Kilgore Police have arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a Hallsville girl late last night.

It happened in the 3000 block of Mustang Drive in Kilgore at 9:12 p.m

Police arrested Coby Ray Hudgins, 22, in connection to the death Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17.

Hudgins was last seen leaving the residence where police found William's body.

Gregg County Judge Arthur Fort, who pronounced Williams dead at 4:00 a.m., Sunday, said Williams died instantly from an apparent gunshot wound to the head at about 9:20 p.m., Saturday.


Photo from Longview News-Journal.

Hudgins’ family members declined to comment Sunday on his arrest but insisted the shooting was accidental.

Witnesses told police he had been at the resident earlier with a group of friends.

Shortly after Hudgins left the residence he was involved in a vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 2087.

DPS officials arrived on scene, identified Hudgins, and placed him under arrest.

Judge Fort said Sunday, Hudgins was intoxicated with a blood alcohol content level of .15 when he was detained.

Hudgins has been charged with Murder, and is currently in Gregg County jail.

Police are continuing their investigation as to what led to the shooting.

Hudgins is being held in the Gregg County Jail on $101,000 bond on the two charges.

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Im sorry but He killed my aunt and it might have been an accident i dont know but all i know is i watched her mother break down crying holding on to kaylas blanket and that hurt me along with the rest of my family there. he might not have ment to but he is no where near innocent he took her life from her and it sonly fair he goes to prison. at least yall get to see him and talk to hium we cant with kayla before you make a statement think of everyone involved

I understand and im sorry for your loss. I also knew kayla and was friends with her for a while so im seeing it from both sides. I wish this hadnt happend.... i really do.

This is rediculous none of you people even know this man. I for one know he was a good guy. So for all the people calling him a thug maybe you should know how sad this situation really is. He knew this girl and was freinds with her. He is now sitting in a jail cell thinking over and over again about shooting a long time friend. So yes. to answer everybodys question this was an accident. No doubt this man is innocent.

I can say when I knew Coby he was a very good kid. For five years I never had a problem with him. This is hard for me to believe this, however if he meant to do this there will be 2 young lives gone. Yes and everyone need more FACTS before anyone can say anything.

Coby is a punk and he will now fing that out as he will never see fredom again and he might see his fate with lethal injection. There is no excuse for this and he looks as if he likes to use alcohol and maybe drugs to. Next time you see someone having a drink, stocking the cooler or the alcohol truck making deliverys, think that they are the dealers of this deadly legal drug. breaking up familys, kills people, job lose, insurance nightmares, this is the most dagerous drug in america.NO JOKE!

sad, there is no good reason to kill a woman.

before you go to passing judgment on Coby why don't you learn the facts first

That's a stupid statement. Women are people too, some just as bad as any male thug you'd ever meet.

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