Charles Hudspeth (convict)

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Charles Hudspeth (a.k.a. Andrew J. "Andy" Hudspeth) was an American man convicted of murder in Marion County, Arkansas in 1887.[1] On December 30, 1892 he was hanged, although his alleged victim was purportedly later found to be alive.[2][3]

George Watkins and his wife, Rebecca, moved in 1886 from Kansas to Marion County, Arkansas, where Rebecca apparently soon became intimately involved with Charles Hudspeth. The following year, Watkins disappeared.

Rebecca and Hudspeth were arrested and, after lengthy interrogation, Rebecca allegedly made a statement accusing Hudspeth of murdering Watkins to get him out of the way so they could be married.

Based on Rebecca’s testimony, Hudspeth was convicted and sentenced to death, but the Arkansas Supreme Court set aside the conviction on the ground that the trial judge, R. H. Powell, had improperly barred testimony regarding Rebecca’s alleged lack of good character. Hudspeth v. State, 50 Ark. 534 (1888).

Upon retrial, Hudspeth was again convicted and again sentenced to death. He was hanged at Harrison, Arkansas, on December 30, 1892, but in June 1893, Hudspeth’s lawyer, W. F. Pace, reportedly located Watkins alive and well in Kansas, although this is disputed.[4]

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  1. ^ "LOCAL ECHOINGS". Mountain Echo Newspaper (February 1888). Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Charles Hudspeth". Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Malloy, Daniel (8 February 2009) Prosecutors don't always need a body as evidence Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Retrieved 8 June 2012
  4. ^ DiBiase, Thomas. No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting, and Winning Cases When the Victim Is Missing (1st ed.). CRC Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-1482260069. Retrieved April 16, 2015.