GREENFIELD — The man accused of killing a Greenfield native on the streets of Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday told police he was trying to defend himself during a fight about a girl.
Ian Scheuermann, 22, of Boulder, faces second-degree murder charges in the death of 27-year-old Sean Hudson of Greenfield.
Hudson, described as loyal and dependable by those who knew him best, was standing up for a friend when he got into a fight with Scheuermann and was stabbed, according to a police report from the Boulder Police Department.
Scheuermann told police someone pushed him to the ground, and he pulled a knife to defend himself. He remembers cutting Hudson at least four times in the torso during the fight, police reports state.
He was found covered in blood in a retail district near the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.
Hudson was pronounced dead as he was being transported to a hospital. He had been stabbed six times, including once in the neck, according The Associated Press.
Scheuermann told police he and a friend of Hudson’s had been dating the same girl, police reports state. Early Saturday morning, while Scheuermann was out drinking with friends, he ran into the friend and Hudson.
The group began arguing, and the altercation escalated to a fistfight, police reports state. Scheuermann said he was trying to defend himself, and it was Hudson who got violent.
But Sean Finn, a chief deputy for the Boulder District Attorney Office who is handling the murder case, said in court Monday that Scheuermann had threatened the victim and his friends earlier that night, asking, “Do you wanna get stabbed?” according to The Associated Press.
Scheuermann is being held in the Boulder County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Finn told the Daily Reporter he expects to file formal charges against Scheuermann Monday. Currently, Scheuermann faces a charge of second-degree murder, but Finn said he is considering a first-degree murder charge, which under Colorado law applies when the defendant intended to kill another person.
Hudson was attending University of Colorado in Boulder, working as a graduate assistant while completing his doctorate in psychology.
Hudson graduated from Greenfield-Central High School in 2008. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in biology and classical studies from Butler University in 2012, according to University of Colorado Boulder’s website.
He completed his master’s degree in psychology from Boulder in 2015 and was working toward a doctoral degree there; he was expected to complete the program in 2017, the website states.
Hudson worked as a teaching assistant in the university’s department of psychology and neuroscience.
But Hudson was too humble to boast about those accolades, his cousin, Cory Rieskamp, said. Hudson was friendly, focused and a role model for everyone around him, he said.
The family is still in shock after learning about Hudson’s death and the circumstances surrounding it, Rieskamp said.
“Sean was the last person we thought would get into a tussle like that,” he said.