Sara Hudson was found dead in a burned-out SUV, she was on her way to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Two years later, justice came for her family.
Glen Richter, 51, was recently convicted in Dallas County for the murder of Hudson, who was on her way to celebrate with friends at the Texas Truck Yard in Lower Greenville, outside of Dallas. On Aug. 19, 2019, authorities were called to the site of a burning White Chevy Tahoe at the 5600 block of Alta Avenue, near Greenville Avenue.
Hudson’s body was found at the back of the engulfed truck.
The recent graduate of the University of Arkansas just moved to Dallas in June 2019. She worked at Schneider as a logistics sales account executive for two months before her death.
Based on video footage obtained by the police, Richter accosted Hudson from behind with a bearhug after she parked her truck in the parking lot. He then forced her back into the truck.
Hudson drove to the nearest ATM to give him $700.
Richter then sexually assaulted Hudson and shot her in the head. To cover his tracks, he set the truck on fire with Hudson’s body inside. Authorities identified Richter from the fingerprints he left on the truck and Hudson’s blood which was later found on his Crocs. They also found two guns, a lighter and lighter fluid in his car.
Though Richter was charged with capital murder and could have faced the death penalty, Hudson’s family supported the plea deal offered by prosecutors to Richter. He will now spend a minimum of 30 years in prison before he is parole eligible.
“We will give 100% of our effort to bring justice to criminals like this who prey on the innocent people of our community,” said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, according to Dallas Morning News.
Family members described Hudson as a kind and supportive induvial who loved being outdoors.
“Our family is happy to have this secular legal chapter behind us so that we can now pursue life with the joy and passion our Sara exemplified. We would like to thank the Dallas Police Department, most especially Detective Frank Serra and those in the Homicide Unit, as well as all those in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for obtaining the justice that Sara so rightly deserved,” stated Hudson’s family according to a media report.
Paul Johnson, Richter’s attorney, also expressed his client’s gratitude for the plea deal. He described Richter as remorseful and completely distraught for his actions.
Nevertheless, he believed his client deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison and classified his act as “monstrous.”