A man held three people captive in a West Virginia hotel room then shot and killed one. Now, he will remain in prison for his life.
Recently a West Virginia judge sentenced Davide Hudson to life in prison on kidnapping and murder charges. However, Hudson maintained he was innocent despite the convictions and co-defendants testifying against him.
Hudson was convicted of killing Amber Meadows, 19, at a Travelodge in Beckley, West Virginia, in 2018. He kidnapped Meadows and two other women on the night of the slaying, according to the Beckley Register-Herald.
The two women testified that Hudson kept them inside the room and taunted him with a handgun. Eventually, he shot and killed Meadows, the Register-Herald reported.
Three other men were arrested as co-defendants but took plea deals and testified against Hudson. Two of the co-defendants said they saw Hudson shoot Meadows, the Register-Herald reported.
When he was sentenced, Hudson alleged juror misconduct, according to West Virginia MetroNews.
“I just hope that we saw all of the inconsistencies and misconduct throughout the trial,” Hudson said, MetroNews reported. “Your honor, I am very sorry for what took place. Never in my life did I think I’d be in this situation.”
He also took exception to how prosecutors described him during the trial.
“I am not a monster, murderer nor a coward,” Hudson said, according to MetroNews.
Prosecutors said Hudson came from a good family and took a wrong turn in his life, according to MetroNews. The state said he chose to take Meadow’s life.
Hudson has a lengthy criminal history and still faces criminal charges for an unrelated case. He was released on bond in connection to the murder case in January 2021. Then in September 2021, Hudson directed another man to pick up a woman a drive them to her house, according to police.
When the woman was inside the car, Hudson and the other man allegedly raped her. He was charged with second-degree sexual assault and conspiracy in that case.