Last Modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 6:47 PM
A judge in state district court ruled Friday that a man charged with felony public intimidation and retaliation should be facing a misdemeanor charge.
Edward Charles Hudson Jr., 45, was arrested on Sept. 4 after threatening to kill specific police officers and blow up Lake Charles Police headquarters, according to court testimony.
The bill of information filed against Hudson on Sept. 30 alleged that he used “violence, force or threats upon the Lake Charles Police Department, with the intent to influence his conduct in relation to his position, employment or duty.”
Public defender Derrick Kee argued that Hudson should not be charged with more than a felony. Hudson became “belligerent, annoying and derisive,” but was not doing something to influence LCPD Detective Kevin Thomas’ conduct as an officer, Kee said.
Judge Ronald Wilson said “we should never have a situation where someone is threatening a public official,” but agreed with Kee that Hudson should not be held on more than the misdemeanor charge of public intimidation and retaliation, which is defined as threatening a public official by “engaging in any verbal or written communication which threatens serious bodily injury or death to a public official.”
Wilson set bond of $2,500 for Hudson, who has been in jail since he was arrested, Kee said.
Thomas said he was exiting a police building on Sept. 4 when he was met by Hudson.
Hudson was “very belligerent” and said he wanted to speak an officer who was not at work, Thomas said. Hudson said wanted in the building and Thomas was going to let him in, Thomas said.
Hudson said that Thomas had “destroyed his family by putting his son in jail,” Thomas said.
Hudson threatened to kill three police officers and blow up the building, Thomas said. Hudson had only a shirt with him, Thomas said.
Hudson was originally given a citation and released, then re-arrested, the arresting officer testified.
Hudson has a trial date of Feb. 10.
Shaun Daigle, 34, and Patrick Murray, 46, planned to make and distribute U.S. currency in the Lake Charles, Sulphur and Westlake areas, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.
The men have not been sentenced yet, but face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release, Finley said.
The Sulphur Police Department and the Secret Service investigated the case, Finley said.