Jury Convicts Man of First Degree Murder and Sexual Assault on a Minor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2011CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-9272
San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Umar Hudson, age 35, was convicted of first degree murder and 4 counts of sexual assault on a minor. The conviction came after a month long jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 21 before the Honorable Jerome Benson.
“Because of the defendant’s despicable actions, five children are now left without a mother. The guilty verdicts handed down by the jurors reflect the horrific and violent nature of the defendant’s actions,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “San Francisco will be a safer place knowing this individual will never have the opportunity to hurt Jernell Scott’s children ever again.”
After one week of deliberation, a jury found the defendant guilty of first degree murder, two counts of lewd acts on two of the victim’s children, forcible oral copulation on one of the victim’s children, and aggravated sexual assault on a child.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on April 6, 2007, defendant Hudson fatally stabbed Jernell Scott, the mother of his young daughter, in front of Scott’s home on Ellsworth Street in Bernal Heights. Hudson had been sexually assaulting two of Scott’s other daughters over the course of several months.
The convictions were the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspectors Kelly Carrol and Holly Pera. Jerdine Clarke and Martine Barbier were the District Attorney Victim Advocates on the case. Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia prosecuted the case.
The case was continued to January 3, 2011 to set a sentencing date. The defendant faces a minimum sentence of at least 80 years to life.