Hudson Testifies in Own Defense; Defense Rests
Kiley Hudson took the stand in his own defense just before the defense rested in his trial for the murder of Gary Salomon.
The first witness was Dr. William Brady. Dr. Brady is an independent pathologist with experience in carotid choking.
He testified that carotid choking would leave no physical marks or hemorrhaging; the human reaction is predictable and would feel life threatening. He continued that adrenaline injected into the body could cause a person to go beyond physical limitations. A person in Salomon’s condition would have a short term effect from the adrenaline. Under cross examination He stated the defendant would have a freeze frame in time in what he remembers, but there was a lot more going on at the time.
Hudson was the last witness and delivered his version of the altercation from the initial confrontation with Salomon wanting to talk, and Hudson saying not now, the mutual pushing, Hudson quoting his wife “Not now Gary. Don’t do this in front of our kids.” Then Salomon allegedly took a swing and struck his wife.
Hudson said he and Salomon had separated when he was tackled by Eggleston and taken to the ground face first striking his head. He struggled free and was grabbed from behind around the neck and moved back 2 or three paces and fell back on whoever had him around the neck, he pulled his knife and attempted to stick the person in the shoulder but did not feel the knife hit anything and did not remember stabbing him in the leg.
The prosecution’s first question was did you lie to Detective Yerrick. Hudson responded I didn’t understand the question. Later he testified there was a lot about that night I don’t remember. When I was talking with Detective Yerrick I was trying to give the best answer I could. To the best of my recollection I told her the truth.
The defense rested following Hudson’s testimony. Final arguments are scheduled for 1:30 Tuesday afternoon in Judge Hull’s courtroom.