The state will not be seeking the death penalty for a man accused of playing a role in the shooting death of his father.
Joshua Brandon Hudler, 31, of Sneads Ferry is charged with murder and was arrested Nov. 29 as his alleged co-conspirator, 31-year-old William Zachary Parker, pleaded guilty in court, The Daily News reported.
Both men were arrested in connection with the death of 60-year-old Elmer Hudler, who was asleep when he died on April 21, 2014. He was shot three times in the head with a .25 caliber pistol.
Walking out in Onslow County Jail orange, Hudler shook hands with his attorney, Ernest Conner, before standing next to him at the defense table.
District Attorney Ernie Lee told the court the state would not be seeking the death penalty in Hudler’s case.
“Obviously no objection, Your Honor,” Conner said when Presiding Judge Charles Henry asked if there were any.
Hudler pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
When Parker pleaded guilty in November, Lee said the two men were looking for money to pay for heroin and Hudler allegedly told Parker he could get it through insurance money. Parker didn’t realize Hudler meant his father until the two pulled into the cul-de-sac, Lee said at the time.
Hudler allegedly promised Parker $1,000 per week for his role in the incident, Lee said, before wiping down the gun and bullets with a grey shirt before handing it to Parker.
Parker then shot Hudler’s father once, Lee said at his plea hearing, and when he began to make gurgling noises Parker put a pillow over his face and fired two additional shots.
Hudler allegedly told Parker, “Good job, you did what you were supposed to,” Lee told the court.
It was decided a status conference on the case against Hudler would be scheduled for the administration week of June 26.