New trial ordered in Itawamba Co. traffic fatality

JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of culpable-negligence manslaughter in a 2005 wreck that killed a woman in Itawamba County.

Gregory Wayne Hudson was sentenced in 2008 to 20 years in prison with six years suspended for causing the accident that killed Zelma Holcomb.

The trial judge instructed jurors about prosecutors’ contention that Hudson was speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road and had ingested drugs.

The judge refused to tell jurors about Hudson’s claim that they could consider his pre-accident drug use accident only if they found Hudson was under the influence at the time of the collision.

The Appeals Court ruled 7-3 Tuesday that Hudson’s theory should have been presented to the jury.

The Associated Press