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  • Not guilty pleas entered for accused murderer suspected of trying to hire hitman

  • A Medford man accused of killing his wife after his alleged murder-for-hire plot failed has declined to offer a plea regarding new charges that he and his sister then attempted to hire a third man to murder one of the two would-be killers slated to testify against him.
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  • A Medford man accused of killing his wife after his alleged murder-for-hire plot failed has declined to offer a plea regarding new charges that he and his sister then attempted to hire a third man to murder one of the two would-be killers slated to testify against him.
    Judge Lorenzo Mejia entered not guilty pleas for the nine new felony charges recently filed against Bourne P. Huddleston after Huddleston's public defender, Bob Abel, said he did not know enough about his client's new Measure 11 charges to feel comfortable entering a plea today in Jackson County Circuit Court.
    After entering the pleas, Mejia told Abel he had 30 days to file an objection to the new murder indictment against the former gunnery sergeant accused of murdering 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston in March 2012.
    Huddleston, 44, has been held in the Jackson County Jail without bail, charged with murder and two counts each of attempted aggravated murder, solicitation to commit aggravated murder, attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder. He is also charged with possession of a silencer. The new charges are three counts each of attempt to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder.
    Huddleston's sister, Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, has been arrested on identical charges in Florida, where she lives. She is in the process of being extradited to Jackson County, Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said.
    Kristy Huddleston was found dead in the couple's Pioneer Road home on March 23, 2012. Bourne Huddleston claimed she committed suicide in front of him, court documents state. He then left the body there along with their 10-year-old son. The boy was was unhurt and called police, according to court documents.
    When Bourne Huddleston was found later that day in Eagle Point, he told investigators that he did not offer first aid, that he washed her hands as well as his own, left the house without telephoning for help and threw parts of the gun away, police said.
    Two men later told a Jackson County grand jury that they had agreed to take money from Huddleston to kill Kristy in the first murder-for-hire allegations in the case. The two men, including a 47-year-old Central Point man, were named as witnesses in a April 5, 2012, indictment.
    The new indictment alleges Huddleston later attempted to hire another Jackson County man to kill the Central Point man and names Huddleston's sister as a co-conspirator. The third would-be assassin testified before the grand jury in the same fashion as the previous two, court records show.
    Hoppe said the cases against Huddleston are being consolidated, and will be heard by Jackson County Circuit Judge Benjamin Bloom. No appearance date has been set for Huddleston-Coradetti. Mejia ordered pretrial hearing initially scheduled for later this month to be pushed back until June 10.
    — Sanne Specht
    Read more in the Mail Tribune on Tuesday.
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