Hudson v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
A grand jury indicted Christopher Hudson for malice murder, felony murder, and armed robbery. As evidenced by Hudson’s videotaped admission and surveillance footage, in 1994, Hudson murdered John Thomas Swartz by repeatedly stabbing him with a screwdriver. At the time, Hudson was committing an armed robbery of the Big A Bottle Shop in Athens. After fully confessing to the crimes, Hudson entered a guilty plea to malice murder and armed robbery. The count of felony murder was nolle prossed, and the State agreed not to seek the death penalty. Hudson was sentenced to life without parole for malice murder and a concurrent term of life imprisonment for armed robbery. In 2015, Hudson filed an untimely motion to withdraw his guilty plea and moved for an out-of-time appeal, which was denied. Hudson appealed that denial, but finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed.