Wife had described man accused in Texas killings as violent

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 6:28 PM
Wife had described man accused in Texas killings as violent

DALLAS (AP) — The wife of an East Texas man charged with killing a family at a campsite detailed his violent behavior in a court record almost a decade ago, saying he had punched, pushed and threatened to kill her.

"His temper and violence are getting worse and worse," Catrina Hudson said in a 2006 affidavit. "I am deathly afraid of him, and afraid that he will kill me, and my daughter if he gets the chance."

The mother of a newborn at the time, she asked for and was granted a temporary protective order against William Hudson on the same day she filed for divorce, Nov. 30, 2006. The divorce petition was dropped about a month later, and it's unclear whether they are still married.

Hudson, 33, has been charged with six counts of capital murder after allegedly attacking a blended family who were camping on property near where he lived in Anderson County. Hudson remains jailed on no bond, and no motive has been released.

Thomas Kamp, 46, had purchased the land in August. He and Hannah Johnson lived together in Midlothian, south of Dallas, with Johnson's 6-year-old son Kade. They were camping with Johnson's parents and two of Kamp's children from a prior marriage, Nathan Kamp, 23, and Austin Kamp, 21.

Hannah Johnson's mother, Cynthia Johnson, was the lone survivor, and told authorities that Hudson had been drinking with the group before accompanying the Kamps and Kade into the woods. She told authorities she heard gunshots before Hudson returned to the campsite and gunned down her daughter and husband, 76-year-old Carl Johnson.

A memorial service is set for Saturday at a Midlothian church for the Johnsons and Kamps.

Hudson's attorney, Stephen Evans, had no comment on his client's murder charges or the previous divorce case.

Catrina Hudson said in the 2006 affidavit that she'd suffered domestic abuse in the just over two years they had been married. She said he was physically, verbally and mentally abusive and had "a drinking problem which makes the situation even worse." She said she was scared for the "safety and well-being" of both herself and the couple's six-week-old daughter.

She also said that two days before filing for the protective order and the divorce, she had asked her husband to check on her newborn, couldn't reach him and later discussed it with him. She said he became infuriated and told her he was going to kill her. "I saw the look in his eyes when he told me this, and there is no doubt that he will do this," she said in the affidavit.

The Associated Press could not find court records that showed a divorce in the years since the divorce petition was withdrawn, though Evans said jail records indicate his client is divorced. The AP's attempts to reach Catrina Hudson were unsuccessful, and her attorney in the divorce petition did not immediately return a call Friday.

Earlier this month, William Hudson was arrested for assault after an incident at a convenience store. According to a Nov. 6 probable cause affidavit, he got into an argument with a man, who pushed Hudson. Hudson fell and a pistol fell from his pocket. A woman who witnessed the incident was pushed by Hudson, who left the scene and was later arrested.