Desert Hot Springs: Jurors deadlocked in gang-related killing trial

JOY JUEDES (Southwest Riverside News Network) | May 29, 2013

Jurors deadlocked today in the trial of a Desert Hot Springs man accused of taking part in a gang-related shooting that ki*led a 17-year-old boy and wounded his friend more than 18 years ago.

Ian Davis Hudgins, 36, is accused in a Dec. 21, 1994, shooting that ki*led Jahi Collins and wounded the teen’s friend, Bobby Wilson, while they sat in a car at Wardman Park in Desert Hot Springs.

Jurors had been deliberating since May 22, but failed to come to a unanimous consensus on the charges against Hudgins — one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder, with gang activity enhancements and a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

The deadlock prompted Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey L. Gunther to tell jurors he would grant the prosecution’s request for more arguments tomorrow, then ask the panelists to continue deliberating. He said jurors indicated they were split 6-6.

The judge said the law allows for more argument from both sides in such cases, and jurors “may well benefit from a night of contemplation.”

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Pete Nolan said in closing arguments last week that gang leader Emilio Avalos and Collins had fought at Palm Springs High School a few weeks earlier and that Collins had “gotten the better” of Avalos.

The park was also in the territory of the West Drive Locos, a Desert Hot Springs gang Avalos helped start, according to Nolan.

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1 Comment for “Desert Hot Springs: Jurors deadlocked in gang-related killing trial”

  1. Liam Duff

    Let it be known, that although a life was lost, a tragedy I wish upon no parent, Ian Davis Hudgins was a good man, who loved all those around him. He was no stranger to hard work, and was not responsible for any deaths that occurred some 15yrs ago in the town we both grew up together in. Ian was my best friend, & growing up, we were inseparable. I miss him more than words can relay, & would let the world know that’s my brother, no matter what terrible untruths are spoken against him. He fought his one-sided trial with the world giving the worst possible outcome, yet never, not once, cried, got mad and yelled, nothing negative. As a matter of fact, after the verdict was read, Ian politely addressed the judge & jury & prosecution & thanked them for all their hard work, proclaimed that he had no feelings of ill-will towards anyone, and with a sigh of relief that the circus was finally over, he sat calmy in his chair & met his destiny head on, with open eyes. I have never seen a stronger person in my life. I got to grow up, & share some of my best times of my life with Ian. I will never forget how important he is to all of us that love him, & not one day will pblank without thinking of him. His two sons are the real victims here. If my feelings about Ian have offended anyone, let me apologize ahead of time. I respect your sentiments, please do the same regarding mine…

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