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Maryland man sent to mental hospital after pleading guilty to killing Wilson native

Posted September 22, 2020 8:01 p.m. EDT

— A Maryland man was committed to a psychiatric hospital on Tuesday after pleading guilty to killing his neighbor, a Wilson native, last year.

Tyrique Jamal "T.J." Hudson, 22, was found shot to death at his Glen Burnie apartment complex on April 15, 2019, according to NBC affiliate WBAL in Baltimore.

James Allan Verombeck, 53, of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible to first-degree murder in Hudson's death.

The shooting led to an hours-long standoff with police, and Verombeck told police he thought Hudson had been spying on him for a year, WBAL reported.

Court records show that Hudson was worried about his safety and had filed for a protective order against Verombeck after a February 2019 incident in which he claimed Verombeck said, "You knew this day was coming," and "You know what you did."

In the filing, Hudson wrote that he didn't know what Verombeck was talking about and claimed Verombeck "gave me the death gesture, using his thumbs across his throat." A judge later denied the petition, saying Hudson didn't meet the burden of proof that Verombeck posed a threat, according to WBAL.

Hudson earned his computer science degree from North Carolina A&T State University in just over two years and then went to work for Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense firm.

"To know him was to love him, and what has happened here today, it has been very heartbreaking to me as a mother grieving for her son," Tonya Burch, Hudson's mother, said Tuesday. "I just have to shout his name. His name will be remembered. His living was not in vain."

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