Details of a murder-for-hire plot allegedly hatched by the sister of a Medford man accused of killing his wife were released at her bail hearing on Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti is accused of multiple Measure 11 offenses alleging her involvement in plotting the murder of a star witness scheduled to testify against her brother, Bourne Parayday Huddleston.
Huddleston-Coradetti, 43, was extradited from her home state of Florida in May. She faces a laundry list of charges, including 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.
Huddleston-Coradetti has pleaded not guilty to all charges. She has been held in the Jackson County Jail on $6 million bail since her extradition.
On Monday, Judge Tim Gerking reduced Huddleston-Coradetti's bail to $750,000 over the objections of Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe.
Huddleston-Coradetti was an "active participant" in plotting 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, Hoppe said.
Hoppe alleges Huddleston and his sister attempted to hire a Jackson County man to kill a 47-year-old Central Point man who is now a key witness for the state. The third would-be assassin is actually a "concerned inmate" who informed Hoppe of the plot the siblings hatched.
Hoppe said he had the inmate tell the siblings he would perform the crime. The informant wore a wire to record their conversations, sometimes speaking in Tagalog — a language spoken in the Philippines, he said. During their conversations, the siblings used code words and phrases such as "Independence Day," attempting to hide their plan by pretending they were discussing the purchase of a motorcycle, Hoppe said.
Portland-area attorney John Gutbezahl questioned the veracity of the state's witness, calling him a "professional informant." Gutbezahl was seeking $250,000 bail for his client. Huddleston-Coradetti's husband remains in Florida. But she has yet another brother who is moving to Jackson County to support the siblings, Gutbezahl said.
Gutbezahl said Huddleston-Coradetti is "a very active in participating in her defense," adding their attorney/client relationship would be "much stronger" if she were able to get out on bail.
Even with electronic monitoring and significant bail, Huddleston-Coradetti remains a danger to the community and the witnesses in the case if she is allowed out of jail, Hoppe said.
After the fake assassin told Huddleston-Coradetti he'd actually performed the killing, she agreed to help him come up with a false alibi and "help him out financially," Hoppe said.
"There's nothing you can say to diminish danger to the witnesses in this case. You'll have no assurance another crime won't be committed," Hoppe said.
Hoppe said Huddleston-Coradetti was willing to participate in the killing of someone she'd never met, and when she thought the deed was done, she offered to pay and help the person she thought had done the murder.
"Her intent was to kill someone — to have someone killed," Hoppe said.
The cases against Huddleston-Coradetti and Huddleston, 44, are consolidated, with a tentative trial date slated for Oct. 29, Hoppe said.
Huddleston in May appeared before Judge Lorenzo Mejia to face his 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.
Huddleston's new charges include three counts each of attempt to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation of murder. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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.
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