By MARK FREEMAN
A rural Medford man accused of killing his wife after first trying to hire two assassins now faces charges that he and his sister attempted to hire a third man to murder one of the would-be killers who testified against him.
Bourne Huddleston appeared Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to face nine new felonies, including attempted aggravated murder. It’s the latest turn in the case against the former gunnery sergeant, who is accused of murdering 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston in March 2012.
His sister, Genetta Huddleston-Coradetti, was arrested on identical charges Thursday in Florida, where she resided and was being held in jail Monday pending extradition to Jackson County for arraignment.
The pair were indicted on the new charges by a grand jury Thursday after a three-week investigation that included a local FBI agent who flew to Florida to arrest Huddleston-Coradetti.
The new charges, which include seven Measure 11 charges with sentences that can run consecutively upon conviction, involve murder for hire or an attempt to kill a witness in a criminal proceeding.
Bourne Huddleston, 44, made a brief appearance by video Monday before Jackson County Circuit Judge Benjamin Bloom. The arraignment was postponed until May 6 after Huddleston’s attorney, Bob Abel, told Bloom he had not yet had time to review the new charges against his client.
Huddleston did not enter a plea to the new charges Monday.
Bloom set bail on the new charges at $1 million for Huddleston, who remained jailed Monday without bail on the previous suite of murder and other similar charges from his first alleged attempts to hire hit men.
Kristy Huddleston was found dead in the couple’s Pioneer Road home on March 23, 2012. Her husband claimed she committed suicide in front of him, court documents state. He then left the body there along with their 10-year-old son, who was unhurt and called police, according to the documents.
Police said when Bourne Huddleston was found later that day in Eagle Point, he told investigators that he did not offer first aid, that he washed her hands as well as his own, left the house without telephoning for help and threw parts of the gun away.
Two men later told a Jackson County grand jury that they had agreed to take money from Huddleston to kill Kristy in the first murder-for-hire allegations in the case. The two men, including a 47-year-old Central Point man, were named as witnesses in that April 5, 2012, indictment.
Thursday’s indictment alleges Huddleston later attempted to hire another Jackson County man to kill the Central Point man and names his sister as a co-conspirator. The third would-be assassin testified before the grand jury in the same fashion as the previous two, court records show.
No appearance date has been set for Huddleston-Coradetti.
Prosecutor David Hoppe declined Monday to discuss how the latest murder-for-hire charges surfaced or say whether more people, or more charges, were expected in this case.
Kristy Huddleston worked as a nurse care manager for the Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City. She helped returning veterans reintegrate into society following tours of duty.
Bourne Huddleston served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November 1988 to August 2009. He worked as an aircraft mechanic, martial arts instructor and recruiter. He served four tours in the Middle East, including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.