KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury found a man charged in the crash that killed a Western Michigan University student guilty of two counts.
On Friday, the jury found Hunter James Hudgins guilty of operating under the influence or while impaired by liquor causing death and having a BAC of .02 to .07% while under the age of 21. He was found not guilty of one count of moving violation causing death.
Hudgins began to cry as the verdict was read. His attorney shook his head. The weeping Hudgins dropped his head and wiped his eyes with a tissue as the jury was polled.
The charges are in connection to the death of Bailey Broderick, a WMU student who died after a crash on Fraternity Village Drive in Kalamazoo on Nov. 3, 2021. She was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, according to her family.
Broderick’s family previously told News 8 they believed the driver was under the influence.
The jury got the case around 1 p.m. Thursday and returned the verdict 4 p.m. Friday.
At one point during deliberations, it looked the jury would not be able to deliver a verdict. The judge sent them back to keep deliberating. Later, he explained the complications to those in the courtroom. He said the jury asked for clarifications on definitions and asked to see some video evidence of officers giving Hudgins a sobriety test again. The judge added that one of the jurors told a bailiff that they did not feel respected by other members of the jury.
A sentencing date has been scheduled for June 5. Hudgins will remain free on bond until sentencing.