ETX man arrested for murder of teenage girl, suspect's family insists shooting was accidental
POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 8:56pm
Kilgore, Texas (KETK) — 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.