Murder Charges Leveled in New Year's Eve Shooting

Jerry Hudson considered armed and dangerous

The ex-husband of a woman who was shot and killed outside a New Year's Eve party in Oak Brook has been charged in her death, police say.

First-degree murder charges were announced Monday against Jerry "Shorty" Hudson by DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett.

Hudson's ex-wife, Melissa Bridgewater, was found dead in her car early Friday morning, shortly after she'd left a New Year's Eve party at a Doubletree Hotel.

The silver 2008 Hyundai Tiburon rented to Hudson was photographed at a toll plaza at 22nd Street and Spring Road in Oak Brook, within a mile of where Bridgewater was killed.

Hudson remains on the loose and is to be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on Hudson's location is asked to call DuPage County  Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.  The Illinois Crime Commission is offering a reward of up to $10,000 and Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for the arrest and successful prosecution of the person responsible for Bridgewater's death.

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