Valdosta Daily Times

March 27, 2013

Echols traffic stop nabs murder suspect

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

STATENVILLE — A South Georgia traffic stop Monday led to the arrest of a man wanted in a Tallahassee, Fla., murder case, according to the Echols County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

“We received information that a speeding vehicle had run somebody off of the road,” said Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson.

The sheriff and Echols County deputies clocked the 2007 blue Chrysler 300 traveling at 88 miles per hour, driving south along Highway 129. They stopped the vehicle and found a man driving, a baby seated beside the driver in the front seat, a man and a woman in the backseat. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and taken into custody, Courson said.

Authorities soon identified the man in the backseat as La-Charles Hudson, a suspect wanted in connection with a Tallahassee, Fla., murder case, Courson said.

On Wednesday, March 20, Alfred Daise was shot and killed at a Tallahassee motel, according to the Echols County Sheriff’s Office. Quanterius Dennis was arrested and charged with murder in the incident in Tallahassee. Since last week, Hudson has been considered a fugitive on the run in connection with the shooting, according to authorities.

As for his traveling companions inside the Chrysler, the driver, Charles Hudson, is La-Charles Hudson’s father; the backseat passenger is La-Charles’ aunt, and the baby is La-Charles’ cousin, Courson said. Charles Hudson is charged with DUI, DUI endangering a child, and speeding, according to the Echols County Sheriff’s Office.

La-Charles Hudson was taken into custody and has been transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to Tallahassee.