Police said Hudson later attempted to sell the stolen items at a pawn shop.
Meadows said the slaying might have been tied to drugs, but they did not have evidence of anything concrete.
"The problem is we don't know exactly what happened," Meadows said. "His story was that he had been staying with her and her boyfriend. She had seen a comment on her boyfriend's Facebook. She was jealous. She got the gun out and was telling him she was going to shoot at Mark Southern."
But investigators could not find evidence that told a different story, she said. The distance at which Gillispie was shot -- five to eight feet -- the position of her body, the lack of a witness and the lack of a concrete motive didn't conflict with Hudson's original story.
"It didn't poke any holes in his story basically that would have made our argument stronger that it was premeditated," she said. "It didn't prove or disprove that it happened the way he said it happened."
Meadows said the nebulous circumstances of Gillispie's death might have forced the jury to convict Hudson on involuntary manslaughter. The grand larceny charges, however, would have worked against him, she said.
Family members for Gillispie could not be reached for comment Monday. Hudson's sentencing is set for Feb. 19.
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