An Island County Superior Court jury today found James Huden, formerly of Punta Gorda, guilty of the Christmastime 2003 murder of Russel Douglas. Judge Vickie Churchill read the verdict this afternoon. The jury found the former Punta Gorda businessman and musician guilty of first-degree murder with a weapon and a particularly vulnerable victim. The jury ruled that Douglas was vulnerable at the time because he was seated and buckled in his Chevrolet Geo Tracker when he pulled onto a driveway off Wahl Road in Freeland, Wash., where Huden shot him in the head.
Huden, 55, will remain in custody in Island County jail without bail until the sentencing hearing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24. The prosecution will seek a sentence of about 25 years. Huden was a member of the band Buck Naked and the Xhibitionists in Punta Gorda. He also was a computer business owner in Punta Gorda, and a onetime community leader before fleeing the country in 2004.
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