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One dead in Mesena shooting

A Warren County domestic dispute ended with a woman dead and her husband recovering from a gunshot wound in an Augusta hospital, according to local and state law enforcement authorities.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Region 7 office in Thomson, identified the woman as 43-year-old Janice Marie Hudson, who lived in a double-wide mobile home on West Reese Road in the Mesena Community.

Mrs. Hudson was shot once in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun at what appeared to be close range, Agent Nicholson said. Her husband, Willie Hudson Jr., who lived at the same address, also was shot in the chest.

Both victims were found in a bedroom of the home, according to Warren County Sheriff Joe Peebles. The victims were treated at the scene by Warren County Emergency Medical Services personnel, authorities said. Mrs. Hudson was taken to McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, where she died about 12:30 a.m. last Friday, according to Sheriff Peebles. Mr. Hudson, meanwhile, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta, where he remained Monday morning.

Agent Nicholson said the shooting, which still is under investigation, has failed to yield an arrest or any criminal charges up to this point.

He explained that part of that investigation involves being able to talk with Mr. Hudson. On Monday, Agent Nicholson said Mr. Hudson, whom hospital officials have indicated to his office is expected to recover from the wound, remained on medication.

Agent Nicholson said he could not go into any of the specifics about the ongoing investigation, but that it stemmed from a domestic dispute between the couple. He refused to say who was shot first, citing the ongoing investigation and the fact that Mr. Hudson has yet to provide details.

At the time of the shooting, the couple's 17-year-old daughter and the daughter's six-month-old baby were also in the home. Neither was injured during the exchange of gunfire, which reportedly only involved the shotgun, Agent Nicholson said. DFACS is also involved with the investigation, according to Sheriff Peebles.

Web posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007

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