Shelby Co. murderer arrested on firearm charge set to go trial

John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County man convicted of multiple serious crimes, including murder, bank robbery, and escaping from prison dating back to 1967 is scheduled to appear in a pre-trial hearing in the United States District Court for the East District of Texas on May 2.

Jury selection for John Madison Hughes, 67, will start 10:30 a.m. on May 20 in the Ward Burke Federal Courthouse in Lufkin. According to court documents, any motion for continuance in Hughes' jury trial must be filed by April 11.

Hughes, 67, was convicted of bank robbery in 1969, escape from a federal correctional institution in 1973, voluntary manslaughter in Nacogdoches County in 1987, and murder in Shelby County in 1991. He is still being held in the Angelina County Jail.

Hughes is now indicted in federal court on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He is alleged to have owned a .270 caliber rifle on Oct. 17, 2012 in Shelby County.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Appeals court records detail Hughes' voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1987. According to the records, Hughes shot and killed Rodney Johnson on FM 138 on Jan. 28, 1982, following an altercation over a woman.

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