Six People Found Murdered at Texas Campsite, in Pond

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By Tim Stelloh

An East Texas man has been charged with murder in connection with six bodies found at a campsite and in a pond, officials said Monday.

William Hudson, 33, was charged with one count of murder after sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday morning after a report of a shooting approximately 100 miles southeast of Dallas, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said in a release.

William Hudson, 33.
William Hudson, 33.Anderson County Sheriff's Office

At a campsite, inside a trailer, deputies discovered the bodies of a dead man and woman, officials said.

Deputies learned that four other people had been at the campsite, but their whereabouts were unknown. At 1:15 p.m. on Monday, authorities found four bodies in a pond behind Hudson’s home.

Taylor did not say what led deputies to Hudson, but said he was arrested Sunday afternoon at a "residence" on the same road as the campsite, and records show Hudson lives on that road. He is being held on $2.5 million bond.

The identities of the six victims have not been released.

The Anderson County district judge’s office said Monday that it was unclear if Hudson requested a lawyer or had a private attorney.

A message left at a phone number listed under Hudson’s name was not immediately returned.