POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:40am
Longview, Texas (KETK) — A Gladewater man has been indicted for the October 2013 murder of a Hallsville girl.
Kilgore police arrested Coby Ray Hudgins, 22, who they believe shot and killed Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17, Saturday, October 4, 2013.
The incident took place at a home in the 3000 block of Mustang Drive in Kilgore at 9:12 p.m., October 4. According to police Hudgins was last seen leaving the residence where police found Williams' 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.
Hudgins’ family members declined to comment on his arrest but insisted the shooting was accidental and witnesses told police he had been at the residence earlier with a group of friends. Shortly after Hudgins left the house 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 as well as driving while intoxicated.