Arraignment date set for Marshdale shooting suspect

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By Corinne Westeman

Jefferson County Court has found probable cause to continue forward with the case of an Evergreen man accused of shooting and killing his tenant on May 20.

David Donald Claussen, 46, has been charged with second-degree homicide in connection with the death of 33-year-old Alexander Hudspeth, who was a house tenant at the time.

Bond was set at $75,000 cash/surety after Claussen’s first court appearance on May 21. He made bond that same day.

Claussen is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10. This will be his first chance to enter a plea.

During his preliminary hearing on July 27, the court found that there was sufficient evidence to allow the case to move forward, and bound it over to the district court.

According to the arrest affidavit, Claussen and Hudspeth had a confrontation on May 20 at their residence in the 7700 block of Highway 73.

Claussen alleges that Hudspeth threw punches at him, and that even after he pulled out a gun and told Hudspeth to back off, the tenant continued to assault him. Claussen told investigators that when Hudspeth threw a downward strike onto his right shoulder and head, the gun when off. Claussen said the discharge was accidental.

Hudspeth was later pronounced dead at the hospital.