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Jury finds man guilty of 2012 Cole County murder

Jury finds 36-year-old Calvin Hutson guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Andre Hudson. Investigators said the murder was drug-related.

Hudson was charged with second degree murder, first degree robbery, armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

On Wednesday, the jury heard from police officers and investigators who responded to the incident. The prosecution also showed the marijuana that Hutson attempted to steal from the victim.

Gunshot residue test kits were presented with the residue found on both the victim and Hutson. The jury was also shown a cell phone record of both the victim and defendant’s phone. The prosecution said this showed the phone calls leading up to the drug deal.

The prosecution began the trial Tuesday afternoon by explaining how Hutson told the victim he was going to buy drugs from him, but instead robbed him.

The prosecution said a gun fight broke out that left the victim dead and Hutson wounded. The defense said in opening statements that the victim took the first shot, forcing Hutson to defend himself.

Prosecutors brought the victim’s wife, Marcy Hudson, to the stand. Marcy was with Hudson at the time of the incident. She identified Hutson as the man who shot her husband. Her 911 call was played, where she told the operator her husband had just been shot and the suspect had taken off running.

The second suspect in the death, Justin Beasley, pleaded guilty in September to second degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Beasley took the stand Tuesday for the prosecution, and testified against Hutson.

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