The sister of a Medford man accused of killing his wife pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple Measure 11 charges alleging her involvement in plotting the murder of a star witness scheduled to testify against her brother.
Bourne Parayday Huddleston's sister, Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, was extradited from her home state of Florida on Wednesday. She was arraigned Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a secret indictment alleging she plotted with her brother to hire a Jackson County man to murder one of the two other local men Huddleston allegedly solicited to murder his wife, Kristy Huddleston.
Huddleston-Coradetti, 43, is being held in Jackson County Jail on $6 million bail.
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 not-guilty pleas be entered on Huddleston-Coradetti's behalf via a letter to the court.
Gutbezahl's letter stated because of 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.
Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said he invoked an Oregon Revised Statute that allows him to proceed with secrecy because of 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 gunnery sergeant already stands accused of shooting his 34-year-old wife to death on March 23, 2012.
Kristy Huddleston was found dead in the couple's Pioneer Road home. Borne Huddleston claimed she committed suicide in front of him, court documents state. Instead of calling 911, Huddleston left their 10-year-old son, who was unhurt, home alone with the body, and then drove to Eagle Point. He eventually called police, according to the documents.
Two men, named as witnesses in an April 5, 2012, indictment, told a Jackson County grand jury that they had agreed to take money from Huddleston to kill his wife.
Huddleston 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 also is charged with possession of a silencer.
The newest indictment alleges Huddleston and his sister later attempted to hire another Jackson County man to kill a 47-year-old Central Point man after he testified. But the third would-be assassin instead testified before the grand jury in the same fashion as the previous two, court records show.
Huddleston's new charges include three counts each of attempt to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder. Mejia on May 6 entered not-guilty pleas for the nine new felony charges 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.
After entering the pleas, Mejia told Abel he had 30 days to file an objection to the new indictment against Huddleston. Abel has not filed an objection, according to court records.
Kristy Huddleston worked as a nurse care manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City. She helped returning veterans reintegrate into society following tours of duty.
Bourne Huddleston served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November 1988 to August 2009. He worked as an aircraft mechanic, martial arts instructor and recruiter. He served four tours in the Middle East, including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Hoppe said the cases against Huddleston are being consolidated, and will be heard by Jackson County Circuit Judge Benjamin Bloom.
No judge has yet been assigned to Huddleston-Coradetti's case, Hoppe said. Huddleston and Huddleston-Coradetti have pretrial hearings slated for June 10, he said.
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