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March 26 Issue - Gladewater Mirror

GLADEWATER MAN INDICTED IN 2013 MURDER

A 21-year-old Gladewater man has been indicted by a Gregg County grand jury in connection with the 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Williams of Hallsville.

According to the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, Coby Ray Hudgins was indicted on a charge of murder last week. The indictment was one of 57 indictments returned, with 20 sealed due to no arrest at time of indictment.

The murder occurred on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at approximately 9:12 p.m. Kilgore Police Officers responded to 3009 Mustang Dr., Kilgore due to a report of a person being shot. Upon arrival, police found Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17, of Hallsville, deceased within the residence from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Witnesses identified Coby Ray Hudgins as the person who shot Kayla Williams with a handgun and left the residence prior to arrival of police. Williams had reportedly been at the residence with a small group of friends visiting Hudgins.

 According to a Kilgore police press release, Hudgins, upon leaving the residence, was soon involved in a motor vehicle crash on FM 2087 and arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety for DWI. After initial investigation by the Kilgore Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit, Hudgins was charged with murder. 

Coby Hudgins' bond was set at $1,000 for the DWI and $100,000 for the murder charge.

Chamber Winners, Medal of Honor Recipient Honored! Plus - join or CSI investigation!!!!

Pick up this week's Gladewater Mirror and see who all got honored at the annual Gladewater Chamber of Commerce banquet held last week. Also, read how M/Sgt. Travis Watkins - congressional medal of honor winner - was remembered last Saturday by his grandson and the Korean War Veterans. Read what this envelope has to do with one of the candidates for Gladewater mayor and see if you can help solve the mystery behind who wrote it. Pick up your copy today!

 

 

 

 

GREGG COUNTY PRECINCT 3 CONSTABLE TAKING LEAVE FROM JOB

Gregg County Pct. 3 Constable Michael Baggett said Monday he was taking a leave from his position. This comes on the heels of his reported arrest in Franklin County on DWI charges.

According to the press release - "I am voluntarily taking leave from my position as Gregg County Precinct #3 Constable to take care of my personal health and medical needs following an incident that occurred recently in Franklin County, Texas. I believe it is in the best interests of myself, my family, and my constituents for me to take this time to regain my focus and my health. During my absence the duties of my office will be carried out by the Gregg County Precinct #3 Deputy Constables with the assistance of other Gregg County law enforcement officers."

Baggett's office is located in Gladewater.
Department of Public Safety troopers reportedly arrested Baggett March 26 at 7:30 p.m. near Texas 37 and FM 3357 north of Winnsboro. Baggett posted a $2,500 bond Thursday and was released from the Franklin County Jail.

MAN ARRESTED, DRUGS FOUND

Patrick Charles Christian, 37, of Gladewater, was arrested for possession of marijuana (>50 <=2,000 LBS) and transported to the Gregg County Jail Saturday. Christian’s bond has been set at $10,000.

According to Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office the arrest led to the seizure of 200 pounds of marijuana.

At about 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 15th, Gregg County Deputies responded to 166 Spokane Street in Gladewater for a suspicious person call. 

While speaking with the complainant, deputies noticed the odor of marijuana and asked for consent to search the residence. Upon the resident refusing consent, a warrant was obtained and Deputies subsequently located over 212 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $130,000. Also found on the property were digital scales, a grinder and five firearms.