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  • Former Marine found guilty of wife's murder

    Former Marine set to be sentenced today as verdict returned in wife's murder
  • Ex-Marine Bourne Paraday Huddleston was found guilty Wednesday of murdering his wife and on charges related to a contract-killing scheme he plotted against her and another man, a Jackson County Circuit Court jury decided.
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  • Ex-Marine Bourne Paraday Huddleston was found guilty Wednesday of murdering his wife and on charges related to a contract-killing scheme he plotted against her and another man, a Jackson County Circuit Court jury decided.
    Kristy Huddleston's friends and family members clasped each others hands and gasped in relief as Judge Lorenzo Mejia recited guilty verdicts on all 10 charges against Huddleston, who sat straight-faced, staring down at the defendant's table.
    Huddleston requested to be sentenced as soon as possible and will receive his sentences at 11 a.m. today, Mejia said.
    Huddleston, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 2009, deploying for two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, was found guilty of single counts of murder, attempted murder, attempt to commit murder and possession of a silencer, four counts of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder.
    "It feels good to get justice for Kristy," said Jackson County Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe, who prosecuted the case with Deputy District Attorney Laura Cromwell. "A ton of work went into preparing for this case."
    Hoppe said he is satisfied with the verdicts.
    The Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentence for murder in Oregon is 25 years in prison, 10 years in prison for attempted aggravated murder, and seven years and five months in prison for attempted murder.
    Hoppe said it is possible prosecutors will recommend Huddleston serve consecutive sentences.
    Huddleston pleaded not guilty to all charges and in his testimony tried to convince the jury that his wife had killed herself in their bedroom at their rural Medford home in the early morning hours of March 23, 2012.
    State medical examiner Dr. James Olson testified that Kristy Huddleston could not have killed herself because there was no searing, soot or powder articles on the skin around the bullet entry.
    Bourne Huddleston also testified that he attempted to wash Kristy's hand after finding her lifeless body to cover up the "suicide," in her honor. He said she began to flail around and, in a panic, he shoved her back down and fled, leaving his 10-year-old son alone in the home with the body.
    Huddleston was arrested in Eagle Point later that night.
    Jurors listened to a 911 call recounting the attempts of the then 10-year-old boy trying to save his mother's life by issuing CPR after finding her bloody body covered with a sheet and pillow inside the dark bedroom.
    The son testified how he had been awakened by a scream before walking out of his room. He saw his father come out of a bedroom with an gun in his hand and go outside for a few minutes.
    When Huddleston returned, he told his son to go back to bed. But when the son heard Huddleston's car start, he entered the bedroom and discovered his mother on the bed.
    Mejia said he would ask the jurors, who dissected the traumatizing case, whether any of them needed counseling.
    Huddleston also was found guilty of trying to hire two men, one a classmate at Rogue Community College, to kill Kristy before doing it himself.
    His sister, Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, 44, of Florida, will go to trial later this year for allegedly helping her brother hire a separate hit man to kill one of the original would-be hit men who was cooperating with police and planned to testify against Bourne Huddleston, records show.
    Her scheduled nine-day trial on three counts each of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder is set to begin Sept. 2.
    Huddleston originally was scheduled to be tried along with Huddleston-Coradetti, but their cases were severed at Huddleston-Coradetti's request, court records show.
    Hoppe and Cromwell are also assigned to prosecute Huddleston-Coradetti, records show.
    Kristy's family members declined to be interviewed prior to sentencing.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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