The burned out mobile home in Hudson where Eric Likes and Elva Quiver died on Nov. 17, 2011 (Ernie Over photo)
(Lander, Wyo.) – Jude Blackburn, the last defendant in the 2011 Hudson double homicide, will be tried as an adult in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court, Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett said on Tuesday.
Blackburn was 15 at the time of his alleged involvement in the murders of Eric Likes and Elva Quiver of Hudson. He faces nine felony charges: two counts of first degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, first degree arson, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
For some time, the forward movement in the case has been stalled as both the Ninth District Court and the Wyoming Supreme Court considered motions to transfer Blackburn to juvenile court. Bennett said both courts have ruled against Blackburn being tried as a juvenile. Decisions by both judges have been sealed from public viewing, and Bennett said he could not discuss the specifics.
Blackburn’s competency to stand trial had also been the subject of several hearings, and Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young ruled that he was competent.
Since his case was transferred to the district court, Blackburn has not been arraigned on the charges. That hearing should be set for a date soon. At that time Blackburn will have a chance to enter a plea to the charges.
Some of Blackburn’s co-defendants in court documents and in testimony implicated Blackburn in the crimes as having struck Likes in the head with a dresser drawer after he had been stabbed multiple times. The two were murdered during a robbery of the couple’s Hudson trailer home. According to testimony, some of the defendants returned a couple days after the murder and set fire to the trailer to hide the evidence.
His co-defendants, Joseph Jude Jenkins, Laziur Hanway Jr., Samantha Hanway and Ryan Hanway, have all pleaded guilty to lesser charges and have been sentenced.
Laziur Hanway Jr., 20, was sentenced earlier this year to life in prison for two counts of Second Degree Murder.
Jenkins, 20, received a sentence of 70 years to life after also pleading guilty to two counts of Second-Degree Aiding and Abetting Murder.
Samantha Hanway, 21, received 25 to 50 years after pleading guilty last September to two counts of Second-Degree Aiding and Abetting Murder.
Ryan Hanway, who was a conspirator in the robbery, was sentenced earlier this year to 8 to 16 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery.