JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Josh Hudler appeared before an Onslow County judge for the first time Wednesday morning, looking solemn and speaking softly as he prepared to go to trial on charges of murdering his father, Elmer Hudler.
Hudler was arrested Tuesday in Yadkin County and is charged with the first-degree murder of his father, who owned a business in Sneads Ferry.
The district attorney said Elmer Hudler died from three gunshot wounds to the head in April 2014.
On Tuesday, William Parker accepted a plea deal that will require him to testify against Josh Hudler.
Authorities said the two were friends and Josh Hudler offered to pay Parker for killing his father.
The Hudler family was in the courtroom Wednesday and issued a statement to 9OYS requesting privacy, saying in part “our thoughts and prayers are with both families as we work through this heartbreaking tragedy.”
Hudler is being held without bond in Onslow County Jail.
He will be back in front of a judge December 21.
The district attorney said he is unable to comment on the case until the trial ends.
Members of the Hudler family declined to speak to 9OYS on camera.