Woman accused of conspiring with brother to hire a hitman pleads not guilty

The sister of a Medford man accused of killing his wife pleaded not guilty today to multiple Measure 11 charges alleging her involvement a plot to murder a star witness slated to testify against her brother.

Bourne P. Huddleston's sister, Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, was extradited from her home state of Florida on Wednesday. Arraigned today in Jackson County Circuit Court on a secret indictment presented by Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe, Huddleston-Coradetti, 43, is being held in Jackson County Jail on $6 million bail for allegedly plotting with her brother to hire a Jackson County man to murder one of two other local men Huddleston allegedly solicited to murder his wife, Kristy Huddleston.

Wearing orange prison garb, Huddleston-Coradetti listened calmly as Judge Tim Gerking read off a laundry list of charges that included two counts of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, two counts of soliciting aggravated murder and single counts each of attempted murder, soliciting murder and criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Six of the nine charges are Measure 11 crimes and carry mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years upon conviction, Gerking said, adding Portland-area attorney John Gutbezahl had requested via a letter to the court that not-guilty pleas be entered on Huddleston-Coradetti's behalf.

Gutbezahl's letter stated due to the secrecy involved in his client's recent extradition from Florida, and her speedy indictment, he was unable to attend the court proceedings in person.

Hoppe said he invoked an Oregon Revised Statute that allows him to proceed with secrecy due to the nature of the case, but he declined to elaborate further.

"I can't get into why I requested the secret indictment because that involves details of the investigation," Hoppe said.

Huddleston, 44, appeared before Judge Lorenzo Mejia earlier this month to face new charges in the convoluted case. The former Marine gunnery sergeant, was accused of shooting his wife, 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston, to death in March 2012.

As the investigation into her death unfolded, two men told a Jackson County grand jury that they had agreed to take money from Huddleston to kill his wife.

The newest indictment alleges Huddleston and his sister later tried to hire another Jackson County man to kill one of the men who had testified before the grand jury.

— Sanne Specht

Read more in the Mail Tribune on Friday.

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