The Latest: Family identifies 6 killed during camping trip

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 5:24 PM

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) — The latest on the slayings of six people at an East Texas campsite (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Family members say the six people killed at a Texas campsite over the weekend were part of a blended family that had come from as far away as California for a weekend together.

Steven Woodruff said Tuesday the group was camping on wooded land that his nephew, 46-year-old Thomas Kamp, had purchased in August.

Kamp had lived for several years in Midlothian with 40-year-old Hannah Johnson and her 6-year-old son Kade.

The trio was joined last weekend by Johnson's parents, Carl and Cynthia Johnson, and Kamp's two sons from a previous marriage, Nathan and Austin Kamp, who were California residents. The family was also celebrating Nathan Kamp's 24th birthday.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says 33-year-old William Hudson befriended the group Saturday and helped dislodge one of their vehicles from mud.

He says it's unclear why Hudson returned hours later and killed six of them. Cynthia Johnson escaped and called 911.

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11:50 a.m.

A Texas sheriff says the man charged in the killings of six people at a campsite had earlier befriended the group and helped dislodge one of their vehicles from mud.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says 33-year-old William Hudson met the six people, who were part of two families, and spent time speaking with them Saturday.

He says Hudson returned hours later and killed them all, though authorities have not said how. Two bodies were found in a travel camper and four were later pulled from a pond. One woman survived the attack.

Taylor says one of the victims had purchased undeveloped land adjacent to property owned by Hudson and his family about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

He says the victims' identities won't be released until autopsies are performed.

Hudson is being held on $2.5 million bond. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.