William Hudson was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for six murders. According to court documents William Hudson would murder Carl Johnson, daughter Hannah Johnson, her son Kade Johnson. Also killed were Thomas Kamp and his two sons Nathan and Austin Kamp. William Hudson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
William Hudson 2021 Information
|Date of Birth||07/03/1982|
|Age (when Received)||35|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||10th Grade/GED|
|Date of Offense||11/14/2015|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||33|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′ 7″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||240 lbs|
William Hudson More News
uthorities from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office transferred William Mitchell Hudson from the Brazos County Jail to state prison Thursday morning, according to Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.
Jurors convicted Hudson of capital murder last week, and Third District Judge Mark Calhoon sentenced him to death Wednesday after jurors decided his fate in less than an hour.
Hudson, 35, killed six members of the Johnson and Kamp families in one night on Nov. 14, 2015. The families had gathered on Tennessee Colony land Thomas Kamp had recently purchased from a distant relative of Hudson’s to celebrate the upcoming 24th birthday of Thomas Kamp’s son, Nathan. Austin and Nathan Kamp, brothers, flew into Texas from their home in California. Thomas Kamp, his longtime girlfriend Hannah Johnson, her 6-year-old son Kade, and Hannah’s parents, Carl and Cynthia Johnson, all met in the rural East Texas area for a weekend of camping. All except Cynthia would be dead before the sun rose that Sunday.
Testimony from the 11-day trial revealed Hudson shot and killed Austin, Nathan and Thomas Kamp and Kade Johnson then shot Carl Johnson and ran out of ammunition; he killed Carl and Hannah Johnson by beating them to death. Cynthia Johnson hid in the cover of darkness and sneaked into the woods when the sun rose to call the police. Hudson was arrested Nov. 15, 2015. His victims ranged in age from 6 to 76.
Defense attorneys argued in the trial’s punishment phase that Hudson suffered from brain damage and a personality disorder. They also said Hudson had a fractious early home life at the hands of an abusive father.
Hudson had been in the Brazos County Jail for about two months while awaiting his trial. Toward the end of the trial’s punishment phase, several staff members testified Hudson had threatened to fight them and had hidden medication in his cell.
“He provided a few challenges for us,” Kirk said. “We’re glad it’s over.”
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, as of Nov. 16 there are 208 men and six women on death row. On average, those on death row spend 10.87 years awaiting execution.
There are three people from Brazos County and one from Anderson County currently awaiting execution. Twelve people from Brazos County and four from Anderson County have been executed since 1976, the year the death penalty was reinstated.
Those on death row who committed a crime in Brazos County are Marcus Druery, who was sentenced to death in 2003 in the death of Skyyler Browne; John Thuesen, who was convicted in 2010 in the deaths of Rachel and Travis Joiner; and Gabriel Hall, who was convicted in 2015 in the death of Edwin Shaar. Robert Roberson III, who was convicted of killing a 2-year-old girl in Palestine, is on death row from Anderson County.
Robert Hurst, public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, wrote in an email that those on death row are allowed to use the dayroom and recreational area between five and seven times per week, and can spend up to two hours in the rec yard at a time. Only one offender at a time is allowed in the dayroom or rec yard.
Those on death row live in solitary cells that do not have telephones or televisions, unlike the single cell Hudson had been held in at the Anderson County Jail as he awaited his trial.
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hudson’s death sentence was the third in the state this year. Billy Joel Tracy was also sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a correctional officer in the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston, raising the number of death sentences in Texas this year to four.
Prosecutors and multiple witnesses said during the trial that the land Thomas Kamp had bought from Hudson’s distant cousin had held emotional significance for Hudson because he had run cattle over the land with his father, Mack, who died in December 2014. Anderson County District Attorney Allyson Mitchell called it “Hudson land” because the family had lived there since the 1800s. In one recorded call he made from jail, Hudson called the land “mine.”
Texas’ death row is in the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, more than two hours by car from his family’s land in Tennessee Colony. Unless his sentence is overturned after his appeal, he will be transferred to Huntsville for his execution.