Court-martial in gang beating death being pushed back
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The court-martial of Staff Sgt. Alre L. Hudson, one of 11 current or former troops implicated in the 2005 gang beating death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson, has been postponed until the fall.
Hudson’s court-martial was scheduled to take place from Aug. 21-24, but has been rescheduled for Oct. 1-4, according to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command public affairs office.
Hudson faces four charges in connection with Johnson’s death: involuntary manslaughter, hazing, aggravated assault and conspiracy to violate Army policy on hazing.
Johnson died of multiple blunt force injuries on July 4, 2005, after being beaten during an initiation ceremony into the Gangster Disciples.
Hudson is scheduled to be the third soldier from the 21st TSC to stand court-martial for Johnson’s death.
Last month, two soldiers were sentenced to jail time, given dishonorable discharges, reduced to private and ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances.
In separate courts-martial, then-Sgt. Rodney Howell was sentenced to six years confinement by a military judge, and Pvt. Terrence Norman was sentenced to 12 years in confinement by a military jury.
During Hudson’s Article 32 hearing in May, Pvt. Latisha Ellis, an eyewitness to Johnson’s beating, testified that Hudson and eight others beat Johnson for six minutes.
At the same hearing, an investigator admitted under questioning that there was no physical evidence linking Hudson to the crime.