November 10, 2012

Charles Logsdon guilty of murder of Hutchinson mother

After two days of deliberation, the jury found Charles Christopher Logsdon guilty of the first-degree murder of Jennifer Heckel on Friday. Sentencing will be December 21st.

Prosecutors contended that Heckel's killing was a case of mistaken identity and that Logsdon, Billy Joe Craig Jr. and a third, unidentified man had been targeted 25-year-old methamphetamine dealer Kayla Salyer Rodriguez when they entered the wrong home.

Logsdon also faced charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, criminal possession of a firearm and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

The jury began deliberating the case on Wednesday afternoon after the prosecution had called 104 witnesses and presented 213 evidentiary exhibits. Logsdon's attorney did not call any witnesses in his defense.

Heckel, who grew up in Wichita, was shot in the back and head while her 5-year-old son was in another room of the home at 501 Coronado Dr.

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