Man arraigned on murder, other charges in death of wife

A local man suspected of shooting and killing his wife in their home Friday was arraigned today on a murder charge and several other Measure 11 charges related to allegations he also tried to hire someone to kill her.

Bourne Huddleston, 43, appeared before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Gerking, and pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, soliciting aggravated murder, soliciting murder and possession of a silencer.

Gerking ordered Huddleston held in Jackson County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for April 16, pending a grand jury investigation.

Huddleston was represented at the afternoon arraignment by Michael Bertholf. The public defender told the former Marine not to speak about the case to anyone — including cellmates, friends or family members.

"Yes, sir," Huddleston responded.

Prosecutor David Hoppe said the state alleges Huddleston killed his 34-year-old wife, Kristy Huddleston, who died of a gunshot wound. Hoppe said evidence also shows Huddleston tried to hire someone else to kill his wife. That unnamed person did not commit the crimes, Hoppe said, adding that Huddleston killed his wife with a firearm equipped with a silencer.

Case law supports the charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and the two accompanying solicitation charges, Hoppe said. The law also allows the state to seek consecutive time on the Measure 11 charges should Huddleston be convicted, he said.

Police and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded to the Huddlestons' home, 6645 Pioneer Road, after a 9-1-1 call reported her bleeding at 2:10 a.m. March 23. Police tracked Huddleston to an Eagle Point residence where he was arrested without incident.

News reports have stated the couple's 10-year-old son was in the Pioneer Road home at the time of the shooting. Neighbors have said they did not hear any gunshots.

Kristy Huddleston worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a nurse case manager. She helped returning military veterans re-integrate into the community following deployment, VA officials said.

— Sanne Specht

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