Demopolis man identified as murder victim

Published 7:59 am Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Demopolis man visiting his uncle was shot and killed Saturday night while confronting two car burglars in Old Town. The men, both in their early 20s, have been arrested and charged with capital murder.



On Saturday at approximately 10:15 p.m., Selma officers responded to the 500 block of Dallas Avenue in reference to a gunshot victim.

When they arrived on the scene, officers found 28-year-old Jimmy Hudgens with a gunshot wound to the face.

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The victim was stabilized and transported to a Montgomery hospital, where he died early Sunday morning.

Dick Hudgens told police he and his nephew went outside after hearing a loud bang and crashing noises near their home shortly after 10 p.m.

Jimmy Hudgens confronted the first suspect, Kendarious Brown, but did not see the second one, Devontae Jiles, hiding in some bushes, according to authorities.

“The victim confronted Mr. Brown and tried to detain and hold him. At one point, the victim had a firearm on them,” said Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department.

Jiles fired a 12-gauge shotgun twice, striking Hudgens once in the face, according to District Attorney Michael Jackson.

A search of the scene revealed the suspects had broken into a vehicle on the property and were trying to break into another one when confronted.

Selma’s Major Crimes Unit detectives received information that Jiles, 22, and Brown, 21, both of Selma, were involved in the shooting. About the same time, detectives learned of a suspicious vehicle that was parked a block away from the crime scene.

Police are also investigating whether Hudgens’ uncle was also injured by buckshot. If so, attempted murder charges could be added, according to Muhannad.

“They told the uncle don’t run. He ran, and they shot [at] him,” Jackson said.



Officers maintained visual control of the suspicious vehicle and when the two suspects approached the car, they were taken into custody.

Hudgens died upon arrival at a Montgomery hospital after being transported by medical helicopter.

Hudgens and his wife had just celebrated their one-year anniversary. Funeral arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Homes of Demopolis.

Jiles and Brown were interviewed and arrested on probable cause for capital murder, unlawful breaking/entering of a vehicle and attempted unlawful breaking/entering of a vehicle.

Muhannad said Jiles and Brown were related to each other and that one of them lived within a block of the shooting.

Jiles was arrested in February 2014 for robbing an 83-year-old man and has been arrested multiple times since then. Brown has no criminal history.

The two men were booked and taken to the Dallas County Jail. They were denied bond during a Monday hearing and will next appear in court on April 7.

“We are glad there is no bond,” Jackson said. “This is totally senseless, totally senseless.”

No other vehicles were broken into Saturday, according to Muhannad.

Capital murder is a capital felony. If convicted, Brown and Jiles could receive life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

Unlawful breaking/entering a vehicle is a Class C felony. If convicted, the penalty could be one to 10 years in prison and fines up to $15,000.