- Category: News
- Published on 15 April 2014
- Written by Jim Bardwell
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.