A Jacksonville man already behind bars was indicted Friday on eight separate counts related to an alleged murder he organized from inside the Duval County Jail in 2016, an arrest report says.
Quintae Hudson, 26, reportedly called his associates after fearing he may be convicted for a separate crime and had them kill a security guard who was due to testify against him in court, an arrest warrant says.
Hudson was arrested in 2014 for throwing a concrete stone through a car window with a woman and small child inside, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says. The brick smashed the passenger side window and severely cut the small child's arm.
He was arrested after a security guard spoke to police at the apartment complex in North Riverside where he attacked the woman, an arrest warrant says.
After sitting in jail for a year, Hudson reportedly began to make calls to associates saying 'Security Guard Mike' needed to be 'handled' and 'taken care of.' Michael Wright, the security guard who was due to testify against him in court, was killed the week of March 26, 2016.
The morning before Wright's murder, Hudson can be heard on jail call recordings lamenting Wright was still alive, the arrest affidavit says. The day after Wright's murder, Hudson's demeanor reportedly became much more sunny.
Hudson also reportedly contacted another person and convinced them to change their sworn testimony.
In a separate call, Hudson also tried to have someone convince the woman whose car he attacked not to testify by going to her work and repeatedly calling her.
This is the second murder orchestrated behind Duval County Jail bars that First Coast News is aware of from 2016.
Jecorian McCray, a man in jail since 2014 on armed robbery charges, had his teen brother kill the man whose house he robbed. This came after his friend and brother tried to convince the family not to testify in person.
This case is the first indictment handed down by a Fourth Circuit Grand Jury under recently elected State Attorney Melissa Nelson's anti-gang and organized crime section in the office's Special Prosecution Unit.
Hudson is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, four counts of tampering with a witness, directing the activities of a criminal gang and shooting or throwing deadly missiles, Nelson's office says.
Nelson took office January 3.