published Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Man pleads guilty to shooting Marion County resident in the head in a pickup truck

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    Jarrod Pickett was charged with Criminal Homicide for the murder of Kenneth Hudson.

The man accused in the 2011 shooting death of Marion County resident Kenneth Hudson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Criminal Court to homicide charges, officials said.

According to Marion County Circuit Court records, Jarrod Pickett, 26 when he was arrested Feb. 9, 2011, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of reckless homicide, a class D felony. Pickett was originally charged with first-degree murder.

Pickett also pleaded guilty to charges of promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, records show. Pickett gained that charge this year.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Graham sentenced Pickett on Wednesday to a combined 12 years in prison on the two, unrelated counts, records show.

Pickett was charged with shooting Hudson, 50, in the head as the two men and a 17-year-old juvenile girl rode along Shellmound Road in Hudson's pickup truck on Feb. 7, 2011, according to testimony in a 2011 preliminary hearing. Hudson's body was left along the roadside as Pickett fled. Pickett was taken into custody in Chattanooga a couple of days later.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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