NEW BOSTON — A Queen City man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2008 beating-starvation death of his adopted son.
William David “Bill” Hudson, 51, who was being tried in Bowie County for second-degree felony injury to a child, pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of injury to a child by reckless omission, a state jail felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a third degree state prison felony. Fifth District Judge Ralph Burgess set sentencing for Sept. 4, at the Cass County Courthouse.
Hudson’s wife was convicted of capital murder in the death of 13-year-old Samuel Hudson. The boy died from internal injuries suffered when he was beaten with a mop handle, a broom handle, a garden rake, a computer cord and a baseball bat on the day he died, Dec. 8, 2008.
Instead of the felony prison charge, Burgess said Hudson agreed to the lesser state jail charge of injury to a child, which carries a penalty of not less than 180 days and not more than two years in state jail. His guilty plea to tampering with physical evidence could result in a prison sentence of not less than two years or more than 10 years, and a fine of up to $10,000.
Hudson’s attorney, Al Smith of Texarkana, said afterward his client could receive deferred adjudication on both charges, meaning if he fulfills probation requirements the charges will be dismissed. Hudson may also petition the court later to have the cases sealed after a certain number of years.
Smith said Hudson’s guilty plea to tampering with physical evidence relates to the fact that “there were items moved at the crime scene that should not have been moved.” In Cynthia Hudson’s trial, testimony revealed the items she used to beat Samuel have never been found.
“I will say Mr. Hudson’s plea recognizes he moved items at the crime scene he should not have moved,” Smith said.