SF man found guilty in public stabbing murder of girlfriend

Umar Hudson, 35, was found guilty Wednesday in the startlingly public and savage fatal stabbing of his high school sweetheart in Bernal Heights and the sexual attacks of her underage daughters four years ago.

Hudson stabbed girlfriend Jernell Scott 39 times in front of their home April 6, 2007, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Hudson faces a minimum of 80 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced next year.

Horrified neighbors reported seeing Scott, 32, run naked out of a home on Ellsworth Street screaming, “He’s stabbing me, stop! Stop! Help!” Witnesses saw Hudson stabbing her, then going back into the house to grab another knife. He returned, stabbed her again, then left her naked on the street in a pool of blood.

Hudson then went inside and changed clothes. A crowd gathered and Hudson tried to blend in, but police arrested him. He was carrying a backpack with bloody clothes.

In the months prior to the killing, Hudson was being investigated for sexually assaulting two of Scott’s daughters, who were 9 and 13 at the time, prosecutors said. Scott’s daughters reported the sexual assaults. Hudson had forced them to perform oral copulation and other sexual acts, prosecutors said, and DNA evidence verified the attacks.

“Because of the defendant’s despicable actions, five children are now left without a mother,” District Attorney George Gascón said.

Prosecutors said Hudson’s anxiety over the molestation allegations fueled the murderous rampage. Hudson and Scott had previously been dating in high school and reunited in 2005. The two had a 16-month-old daughter together.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Scott had sustained more than 40 sharp-force injuries.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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