Man pleads guilty to killing woman at homeless camp

first_imgA violent felon accused of strangling a 19-year-old woman at a Vancouver homeless camp has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.Gregory Antonio Wright, 37, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to first-degree manslaughter in Clark County Superior Court. He was previously charged with second-degree murder in the July 2014 death of Daytona Hudgins. An Alford plea allows a defendant to argue his innocence but admit there’s enough evidence that he could be found guilty.Wright has denied strangling Hudgins. His defense attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., presented a report from an expert witness asserting that she died of a drug overdose.Hudgins’ friends also told responding police officers that she had overdosed, court records state.Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said the defense expert’s finding factored into the prosecution’s decision to offer Wright a plea deal. However, the prosecution maintains that Hudgins’ cause of death was homicide by strangulation, he said, which was determined by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.Wright also allegedly admitted to investigators during an interview at the Clark County Jail that he strangled Hudgins, court records show. The defense argued it was a false confession and had moved to have it suppressed from his upcoming trial.Wright is facing nearly 22 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. He will be sentenced Dec. 28.Vancouver police discovered Hudgins’ body at about 2:30 a.m. July 19, 2014, behind iCellular Phone Repair, 2803 Fort Vancouver Way, while responding to a suspicious circumstance. Her body was surrounded by bedding, clothing, cans of food and garbage, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.last_img

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