GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Wyoming man charged in the slaying of Ana Carrillo has two weeks to decide whether to accept a plea deal from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office or take his chances at trial.
Terms of the plea deal offered to 39-year-old Andrew Hudson were not disclosed in court Monday.
Hudson is charged with several offenses, including open murder, for the death of Carrillo, a mother of three. Her body was found last month in a wooded area in Kent County’s Grand Rapids Township. The site off of Maguire Avenue south of Three Mile Road NE is behind the home of Hudson’s mother.
The Carrillo family was consulted about the plea agreement and signed off on it, the victim’s mother, Birdie Carrillo, said outside the courtroom Monday.
“We do know what the plea is and accepted it,’’ she said. “If I had my way, I would give him life. But that’s not the way it works. I don’t think he should ever get out. That’s just my opinion.’’
Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock set Hudson’s next court hearing for Dec. 18.
“And what the prosecutor has said, is that they are drawing a line in the sand in two weeks,’’ Trusock told Hudson. “You need to determine whether or not you wish to enter a guilty plea. If you don’t, that’s fine. But then we’ll just set this matter for trial. There will be no further negotiations. Do you understand that?’’
“I do,’’ Hudson responded.
Monday’s court hearing comes just days after a memorial service for Carrillo was held at Resurrection Fellowship Church in Grand Rapids. Carrillo, 35, was last seen alive on Sept. 3. Police say they believe Hudson lured Carrillo to his home on Colby Avenue SW under the pretense of picking up their three children. The kids were not there, however.
Blood evidence, the contents of a burn barrel and statements Hudson made to family members was among evidence presented against him at a preliminary hearing in Wyoming District Court.
Soon after her disappearance, family members searched for her body in Newaygo County. The search then focused on the Grand River in Walker. Hudson accompanied investigators on a search near Johnson Park off of Butterworth Drive SW in Walker. The Nov. 8 search took place the same afternoon his preliminary hearing got underway.
The hearing resumed on Nov. 9, but no testimony was taken. Hudson waived the hearing, sending the case to Kent County Circuit Court. Within minutes of that happening, Wyoming police said Carrillo’s remains had been found, but did not disclose the location.
Birdie Carrillo said family members were not surprised to learn the remains were found on land behind the home of Nancy DeCamp, who is Hudson’s mother. DeCamp is charged with perjury for lying to investigators. Two others face the same charge, including Hudson’s father.
“We knew, deep in our heart, it had to be somewhere in, somewhere around his mom’s home,’’ Birdie Carrillo said. “I don’t understand it - why he led them on a wild goose chase while all along he had already known where he had put her.’’
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