The father of admitted killer Andrew Hudson says his son has long grappled with anger issues, which police say boiled over the morning of Sept. 3 when he fatally stabbed the mother of his three children and then buried her body in a shallow grave.
“He's had problems and he's been to anger management a couple of times,'' Lyle Hudson said. “I thought he had it under control, but I'm guessing I was way off.''
Andrew Hudson, 39, this week pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of 35-year-old Ana Carrillo. He admitted to stabbing her in the neck and burying her body in the yard of his mother's home in Grand Rapids Township.
Lyle Hudson, 62, and his long-time companion, Angela Wilson, 57, of Hudsonville, were charged with lying to investigators. Also charged was Andrew Hudson's mother, Nancy DeCamp, 63. The Kent County Prosecutor's Office this week dismissed perjury charges against the three as part of a plea deal.
“They were facing life felony offenses and they were existing under a cloud of suspicion in the homicide of Ana Carrillo,'' said attorney Damian Nunzio, who represented Lyle Hudson and Wilson. “Quite frankly, they've been casualties of this war.''
Andrew Hudson agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and disclose where he buried Carrillo's body so long as perjury charges were dismissed against his parents and Wilson. Under terms of the plea agreement, he is facing a minimum of 40 years in prison.
“They had no knowledge that Andy had committed this homicide; they had nothing to do with it,'' Nunzio said. “Unfortunately, because of their regular contact with Andy, they were brought under this dark cloud of suspicion. That cloud is now lifted with the charges dismissed.''
Andrew Hudson had known Carrillo since grade school. They were together often over the years and had three children together. Their sons are 16 and 11 and their daughter turned 10 in late September.
“Ana was just like a daughter to us,'' Lyle Hudson said. “She'd come without Andy; she'd just bring the kids and come over.''
But Ana and Andrew's long-term relationship was stormy, to be sure. He was prosecuted on at least two occasions for assaulting Carrillo. There's a 2004 conviction for domestic violence. Ten years later, Hudson was arrested for punching and kicking Carrillo several times during a dispute over visitation. That brought him 12 months of probation.
Hudson last December sought a personal protection order against Carrillo, saying she threatened to hit him. The request was denied. Earlier this year, Hudson filed paperwork seeking primary physical custody of the children.
“They fought all the time,'' Wilson said. “That was their nature to fight.''
Lyle Hudson said he occasionally intervened for the sake of his three grandchildren.
“When I thought they were going at it too hard, I'd go and get the kids to get them away from that environment,'' he said.
The murder occurred at Hudson's home at 3744 Colby Avenue north of 40th Street SW. Police say Hudson lured Carrillo under a false pretense of picking up their kids, who were not there.
A search of Hudson's home revealed blood evidence tied to the victim. Clothing items linked to Carrillo was found in a burn barrel. Hudson also made incriminating statements to family members, according to court testimony.
After killing Carrillo, investigators say he wrapped the body in plastic and drove to his mother's house on Maguire Avenue just south of Three Mile Road NE. Andrew Hudson initially told police he buried the body beside the Grand River in Johnson Park. He even accompanied investigators to the park, located off Butterworth Drive SW in Walker.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker called it a “wild goose chase.''
The following day, on Nov. 9, Hudson accompanied police to his mother's home and pointed out the shallow grave where Carrillo was buried. Hudson then waived his preliminary hearing in Wyoming District Court, sending the criminal case to Kent County Circuit Court for further negotiations.
Nunzio said the plea agreement dismissing perjury charges was Andrew Hudson's “last stance of humanity towards his people.''
“He found a final silver lining in the mess,'' Nunzio said. “Thank God he spared his family.''
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