Jury Selection for the trial for murder suspect Charles Christopher Logsdon is scheduled to actually begin Tuesday, however attorney’s will be going over questionnaires Monday. We were told on Wednesday that jury selection would begin Monday, but that is not the case afterall. Members of the jury pool have been at the Reno County Courthouse Thursday to fill out the questionnaire over their knowledge of the case.
Logsdon along with co-defendant Billy Craig, Jr., are charged with the First Degree murder for the killing of Jennifer Heckel on June 14, 2011.
Other charges against the two include conspiracy to commit first degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Logsdon is also charged with aggravated intimidation of a witness for allegedly threatening another inmate, Matthew Mounce. He apparently made comments to Mounce about the case and allegedly threatened him over any testimony he might give.
The two are alleged to have gone to a northwest Hutchinson home and shot Heckel while her son was in the home. The state calls it a case of mistaken identity. The state alleges they intended to rob Kayla Elizabeth Salyer-Rodriquez of her drugs, but went to Heckel’s home by mistake and when she didn’t have any drugs, she was killed. Logsdon is alleged to have been the actual shooter.
District Attorney Keith Schroeder in earlier hearings stated that the trial could last between 5-to-6 weeks with 146-state witnesses. That’s not including any defense witnesses that might be called.
Billy Craig’s trial will be held separately in front Judge Tim Chambers, most likely after the first of the year.