Judge refuses bond for man accused of killing local business owner

A man deputies say shot and killed a local business owner back in April will remain behind bars without bond.

Onslow County deputies charged 29-year-old William Parker of Sneads Ferry for the murder of Elmer Hudler.

Parker and his attorney went before Superior Judge Charles Henry this morning, asking that bond be set in the case.

Attorney Ed Bailey argued that Parker's family lives in the county, he has no prior convictions, and isn't a flight risk.

But Assistant District Attorney Mike Maultsby told the judge that Parker was a danger to society and needs to stay in jail.

During the hearing, an Onslow County detective testified that Parker confessed to the murder after Hudler's son threatened him. The victim was found with multiple gun shot wounds to the head.

After a hearing, Judge Henry refused to give Parker a bond.

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Deputies converged on a pond near Sneads Ferry, searching for a murder weapon Thursday afternoon.

Elmer Hudler, an Onslow County business owner, was found dead Monday in his home in Dixon. A death certificate says the man died from a gunshot wound to the head.

William Parker, 29, of Sneads Ferry is charged with an open count of murder in connection with Hudler's death.

About mid-afternoon Sheriff Ed Brown and investigators began the search of the pond off Turkey Point Road, not far from Parker's home,

Brown would not say what brought them to that pond.

Investigators were using a boat equipped with sonar to help them with their search. Their search ended for the evening just before 6:00 p.m.

Hudler owned HRS Mechanical Contractors, a heating and air conditioning company in Sneads Ferry.

During a first appearance in District Court, Parker said he would hire his own attorney. He is being held without bond and his next court date is May 15th.

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An Onslow County business owner has become the county's first homicide victim of 2014.

Deputies say Elmer Hudler was found dead Monday in his home in Dixon.

Hudler owns HRS Mechanical Contractors, a heating and air conditioning company in Sneads Ferry.

Sheriff Ed Brown says the murder was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Monday at 105 Stone Creek Road. That's right behind Dixon High School and Dixon Middle School.

Brown said the man was shot, but would not release many more details.

Hudler's funeral is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville.