Brazos County jurors took 17 minutes Tuesday to convict William Mitchell Hudson of capital murder for the brutal slayings of six acquaintances two years ago this month in East Texas.
Hudson, 35, was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of capital murder for his role in the killing of Thomas Kamp, 45; Nathan Kamp, 23; Austin Kamp, 21; Kade Johnson, 6; Hannah Johnson, 40; and Carl Johnson, a few weeks shy of his 77th birthday.
Cynthia Johnson, Carl's wife and Hannah's mother, was able to hide from Hudson as he beat Hannah to death and shot Carl on property where the two families had gathered to camp. Cynthia Johnson was the last person to testify in the state's case Monday.
Jeff Herrington, Hudson's defense attorney, did not make an opening statement, nor did he call any witnesses before closing his case. After the prosecution made its final argument, Herrington gave a brief statement, using historic examples to explain the importance of serving on a jury.
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