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Police: Fatal shooting result of man playing Russian roulette

By Richard Yeakley
Nov. 27, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Barbara Hudson lost Byron Houston's game of Russian Roulette.

Hudson died Nov. 17 after being shot in the back at her home in the 1100 block of N. Third Street in Longview.

Houston told officers he leveled his revolver - loaded with only one bullet - at Hudson's back, spun the cylinder and pulled the trigger, according to the criminal complaint filed by investigators for his arrest.

It wasn't the first time he'd played the deadly game.

According to the affidavit, the 30-year-old Longview man told investigators he occasionally played the game while "joking around" because "it made her mad," but on Nov. 17 the odds caught up to Houston, and a single bullet killed the 39-year-old woman.

Houston was charged with manslaughter in what the Longview Police Department ruled an accidental shooting.

Houston waited near the house with Hudson's family and friends as she was rushed to Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Documents show that when first questioned by police, Houston said a fourth person entered the house and shot Hudson. Armando and Manuel Flores, who were in the house at the time of the shooting, gave similar statements.

"Houston stated that they had not been there long when there was a knock at the door. One of the Flores brothers opened the door and a black male came inside. Houston said the black male told Hudson that she owed him money, which Hudson disputed," Houston's criminal complaint reads. "According to Houston, the black male pulled a gun, shot Hudson in the back and then fled the residence."

However, documents show in follow-up interviews the Flores brothers changed their stories and said Houston shot Hudson.

Armando Flores told police that "Houston grabbed Hudson and while he was holding her he was telling her to say it was a robbery," the criminal complaint said.

When Houston admitted he shot Hudson, he told police he thought the bullet wasn't in line to fire, according to the criminal complaint.

"According to Houston, he thought that when he pulled the trigger the gun would not fire because of the positioning of the cylinder containing the bullet," the document said.

Houston had 17 prior arrests before the fatal shooting.

He has been convicted of multiple felonies, most recently serving 18 months for a 2010 convicted of burglary of a building and evading arrest with a prior conviction, according to Gregg County judicial records.

Houston was held Tuesday in the Gregg County Jail on a $50,000 bond.



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