H-Block gang member accused in two murders

A convicted Youngstown gang member was indicted Thursday for killing two men during armed robbery attempts in a nine-month span.

Frankie Hudson Jr., 20, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and possessing weapons as a felon that allege Hudson killed two people in 2010 and 2011.

Another man, Lamar Reese, 21, formerly of North Worthington Avenue, was also charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, accused of helping Hudson murder a 17-year-old boy in 2011.

Charges carry a life-in-prison maximum penalty for both.

Hudson is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on convictions of being part of the H-Block gang based on Youngstown’s South Side and several armed robberies.

Hudson’s sentencing has been postponed several times, including on Thursday, because prosecutors believe Hudson lied to them after agreeing to cooperate with investigators about other murders.

Prosecutors delayed sentencing because they believed Hudson was a suspect. He faces up to 14 years in prison on those convictions.

Hudson, in Thursday’s indictment, is accused of gunning down Christopher Weston on his sons’12th birthday, Dec. 14, 2010 at the Breaden Market on the city’s South Side.

Police originally believed it was a botched robbery and found no money was stolen from the store. Weston was found with his pockets turned inside out and his wallet lying open next to him.

Hudson and Reese also face murder charges for fatally shooting 17-year-old Joshua Davis, who was shot in the left cheek and groin Sept. 16, 2011. Reports said multiple bags of suspected marijuana were found in Davis’ pockets.

Records say Hudson was convicted in 2010 of felonious assault in juvenile court. Reese, according to court records, is in prison after a 2012 conviction for burglary and carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to two years prison.

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