The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a conviction against a man partly responsible for the murder of a young woman on Carter Road near Oak Grove
A jury convicted Kenneth Hudson of Clarksville on complicity to murder charges in November of 2010 for being the man who lured 18-year old Shyara Olavarria to Carter Road in May of 2008 and waited for two fellow gang members to arrive to shoot her to death.
Hudson was reportedly acting at the will of gang member James Young who was angry at the young woman for telling police about a crime that was committed. Hudson was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2028.
James and Jordan Young are accused of being the men who fired the shots that killed the victim. Their trials had been delayed until the Supreme Court could rule on certain aspects of the trial.
The court’s opinion says Judge John Atkins was correct in how he instructed the jury and that he was correct in allowing evidence of gang activity and of a prior shooting in Tennessee as evidence. The justices concluded it was relevant and not highly prejudicial under the facts of the case.