ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The son of a man who was shot to death more than 2-1/2 years ago made a brief court appearance in an Onslow County courtroom this morning on a murder charge.
Josh Hudler was arrested Tuesday in Yadkin County a short time after triggerman William "Zach" Parker admitted he killed Elmer Hudler of Dixon, and agreed to testify against him.
Prosecutors say the son wanted his father dead for the man's insurance money. District Attorney Ernie Lee said the younger Hudler would often steal things from his father and use the money to buy drugs.
The victim was shot three times while asleep in his home behind Dixon High School.
Judge Chuck Henry sentenced Parker to serve between 25 and 31 years in prison.
The son of a murder victim has been arrested for his father's murder after the triggerman agreed to testify against him.
William "Zach" Parker admitted he killed Elmer Hudler of Dixon more than two years ago as part of a plea bargain this morning.
Within an hour of that plea, Josh Hudler was arrested on a murder charge in Yadkin County.
The older Hudler was found dead from three gunshot wounds to the head at his home behind Dixon High School in April 2014.
He owned HRS Mechanical Contractors, a heating and air conditioning company in Sneads Ferry.
District Attorney Ernie Lee said Josh Hudler had a drug problem and would often steal his father's property to get money.
Lee said Parker's wife came to investigators, telling them her husband told her it was Hudler's plan to kill his father for his $250,000 insurance policy.
The district attorney said the plan was for Parker to be paid $1,000 a week for the murder, placed in an untraceable account.
As part of the plea deal, Parker will testify against the son.
Judge Chuck Henry sentenced Parker to serve between 25 and 31 years in prison, being given for credit for time already served.
Hudler is being returned to Onslow County to face charges, according to deputies.