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Trial continues for man accused of killing Fort Gordon military policeman

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:30 PM
Last updated 6:36 PM
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The handwritten notes of a sheriff’s investigator came into contention Tuesday during the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Fort Gordon military policeman off post.

Investigator Sean Cochran testified Tuesday in the case of Erik Williams, who is charged with shooting DeAngelo Hudgins and Albert Gilbert, both 25, on July 17, 2010, at Sanctuary Apartments in west Augusta.

Hudgins died the next day at Eisenhower Army Medical Center from a chest wound. Gilbert survived and testified Monday.

Testimony described Hudgins getting into a shoving match with his girlfriend’s brother, Tony Davis, earlier in the night. Davis said he had been told Hudgins physically assaulted his sister. Davis retreated to the apartments and Hudgins and Gilbert followed him to continue the confrontation.

Cochran said Tuesday that he was told Davis called Williams and his co-defendant, Edwin Cruz, for protection. The two victims were leaving the apartment complex after knocking on Davis’ door when a car pulled behind them and blocked their exit. Williams and Cruz were inside the car.

Gilbert testified that the shooting was unprovoked, but the defendant’s attorney, Michael Garrett, focused Tuesday on one sentence in Cochran’s handwritten notes from a field interview.

That sentence reads: “Friends told Tony (Davis) that H. had a gun.” Cochran said he couldn’t remember who the initial “H” stood for two years later; Garrett suggested it was Hudgins.

Trial is expected to continue with closing arguments today.


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