Jerry Elbert Hudson

Jerry Elbert Hudson

Lincoln County District Attorney Daniel Hooge this week charged Jerry Elbert Hudson, 47, of Caliente with home invasion, sexual assault and murder in the death of Carol Ann Hullinger, 64, of Caliente.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has investigated the case since Hullinger’s death May 25.

On June 17, the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) Task Force arrested Hudson in Las Vegas. The CAT Task Force is an FBI-related federal fugitive force consisting of the FBI Las Vegas Division and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Hudson was returned to Lincoln County where he is in custody in the county detention center.

No trial date has been set. If convicted, Hudson faces up to 35 years for the home invasion and a life sentence for the sexual assault and murder.

Hooge said he will not seek the death penalty in the case.

“I struggle to believe Carol’s family and friends will ever find closure, but I do not believe it is in their best interest or the best interest of the community to endure a prolonged legal battle over the death penalty,” Hooge said. “I want to bring this case to conclusion in my lifetime to allow Carol’s family and the community to heal.”

He noted that White Pine County has been fighting appeals with two death row inmates for decades. One in particular, Robert Ybarra, has successfully blocked his execution since 1981.