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20050311: Suspected Serial Killer Pleads Not Guilty IL Chicago Serial Killer News
An accused serial killer pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from seven attacks on women last year, three of them homicides.

Vincent Hudson, 32, was charged in seven indictments with 84 felony counts, including multiple counts of first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted murder and aggravated battery in attacks on women between July and November.

Dressed in tan jail clothing and flanked by two black-clad guards from the Cook County sheriff's Special Operations Response Team, Hudson appeared for arraignment before Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Wadas and pleaded not guilty to all charges, a court clerk said.

The case initially had been assigned on Thursday to Criminal Court Judge Vincent Gaughan, but Gaughan granted a motion filed by Assistant State's Attorney LuAnn Snow to substitute the judge.

The case was sent back to Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel, who on Friday randomly assigned the case to Wadas, a court clerk said.

Snow gave no reason for the request, saying it was filed under court rules that grant both sides the right to one such move without any specific justification.

Hudson was arrested Jan. 27 at a homeless shelter at 10858 S. Michigan Ave., after police matched samples of Hudson's DNA, collected from a sexual assault in September 1993, to DNA collected from victims, according to Snow.

The indictments charge Hudson with multiple counts of first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault in the slayings of:

  • Valerie Crawford, 43, of the 11000 block of South Edbrooke Avenue, who was found on July 12, beaten and strangled in a vacant lot near railroad tracks at 400 W. 104th St.
  • Ieline Moore-Myrick, 49, of 9913 S. Parnell Ave., whose body was found Nov. 20 in the same location.
  • Janet Jackson, 45, of the 300 block of Dixie Highway in Chicago Heights, who was found June 27, naked and beaten about the head and neck near the Washington Park Lagoon, and died of her injuries Aug. 15.

    Hudson was also charged in separate indictments with attempted murder, aggravated battery and other charges in four other attacks:

  • The June 29 stabbing of a 50-year-old woman in the rear lot of a church in the 6400 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.
  • The July 16 beating and rape of a 34-year-old woman in an alley behind 7056 S. Emerald Ave.
  • The Sept. 9 beating and slashing of a 50-year-old woman in a parked sport-utility vehicle at 116 S. 15th Ave. in Maywood.
  • The Sept. 14 beating and attempted rape of a 42-year-old woman in a secluded portion of Washington Park, on the 5500 block of South King Drive.

    Hudson confessed on videotape to all seven attacks, and in each of the cases where the victim survived, Hudson was identified in a lineup, Snow said.

    He was still being investigated in other cases, and more charges could be forthcoming, the prosecutor added.

    According to Snow, Hudson has prior convictions for criminal sexual assault in 1993 and robbery in 1999. For the second charge, he served part of a 6-year prison term, she said.

    The victims all shared similar high-risk lifestyles of drugs and prostitution, and frequented desolate locations, police News Affairs Deputy Director Pat Camden had said.

    A status hearing was set for April 26.
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    20050311: Suspected Serial Killer Pleads Not Guilty IL Chicago Serial Killer News
    An accused serial killer pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from seven attacks on women last year, three of them homicides.

    Vincent Hudson, 32, was charged in seven indictments with 84 felony counts, including multiple counts of first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted murder and aggravated battery in attacks on women between July and November.

    Dressed in tan jail clothing and flanked by two black-clad guards from the Cook County sheriff's Special Operations Response Team, Hudson appeared for arraignment before Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Wadas and pleaded not guilty to all charges, a court clerk said.

    The case initially had been assigned on Thursday to Criminal Court Judge Vincent Gaughan, but Gaughan granted a motion filed by Assistant State's Attorney LuAnn Snow to substitute the judge.

    The case was sent back to Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel, who on Friday randomly assigned the case to Wadas, a court clerk said.

    Snow gave no reason for the request, saying it was filed under court rules that grant both sides the right to one such move without any specific justification.

    Hudson was arrested Jan. 27 at a homeless shelter at 10858 S. Michigan Ave., after police matched samples of Hudson's DNA, collected from a sexual assault in September 1993, to DNA collected from victims, according to Snow.

    The indictments charge Hudson with multiple counts of first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault in the slayings of:

  • Valerie Crawford, 43, of the 11000 block of South Edbrooke Avenue, who was found on July 12, beaten and strangled in a vacant lot near railroad tracks at 400 W. 104th St.
  • Ieline Moore-Myrick, 49, of 9913 S. Parnell Ave., whose body was found Nov. 20 in the same location.
  • Janet Jackson, 45, of the 300 block of Dixie Highway in Chicago Heights, who was found June 27, naked and beaten about the head and neck near the Washington Park Lagoon, and died of her injuries Aug. 15.

    Hudson was also charged in separate indictments with attempted murder, aggravated battery and other charges in four other attacks:

  • The June 29 stabbing of a 50-year-old woman in the rear lot of a church in the 6400 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.
  • The July 16 beating and rape of a 34-year-old woman in an alley behind 7056 S. Emerald Ave.
  • The Sept. 9 beating and slashing of a 50-year-old woman in a parked sport-utility vehicle at 116 S. 15th Ave. in Maywood.
  • The Sept. 14 beating and attempted rape of a 42-year-old woman in a secluded portion of Washington Park, on the 5500 block of South King Drive.

    Hudson confessed on videotape to all seven attacks, and in each of the cases where the victim survived, Hudson was identified in a lineup, Snow said.

    He was still being investigated in other cases, and more charges could be forthcoming, the prosecutor added.

    According to Snow, Hudson has prior convictions for criminal sexual assault in 1993 and robbery in 1999. For the second charge, he served part of a 6-year prison term, she said.

    The victims all shared similar high-risk lifestyles of drugs and prostitution, and frequented desolate locations, police News Affairs Deputy Director Pat Camden had said.

    A status hearing was set for April 26.
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