Murder Victim's Young Son Takes Stand In Logsdon Trial

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UPDATE: Friday, October 26, 2012

Friends and family recalled the day of June 14, 2011 when a Hutchinson mother and wife was killed.

The victim's 6-year-old son was among those taking the stand in the trial of one of the men accused of shooting and killing Jennifer Heckel. The woman was killed in what prosecutors call a case of mistaken identity.

Charles Logsdon, one of two men charged in the shooting, is on trial in Reno County District Court.

"One of the other things I observed while I was doing that walk through the garage is that there was an air compressor in the corner of the garage and a small woodworking project going," KBI Agent Cory Latham testified.

That project was a gift. A wooden box that a mom and son were creating together to give on Father's Day. A receipt from a Lowe's showed supplies for the project were bought about 5:30 that afternoon. It was a handmade gift for a dad who was working out of town on June 14, 2011.

"They said that Jenny's been hurt," Heckle family friend Brett Leiker recalled on the witness stand. "We basically dropped everything we were doing and jumped in the truck and made good time getting home."

That race was to the home of Jenny and Brian Heckel. Co-workers of Brian described a husband in shock and a father worried.

The couples' son recalled the events that led him to find his mom on their kitchen floor. He said the garage door was left open on that hot summer day after they worked on the Father's Day gift.

The boy then went into the sun room to watch TV. That's when he said he heard the door open and then some bangs that sounded like a gun. Those were the shots that investigators say wounded the 27-year-old mother's head and back.

"When the gun was fired, it was in relatively close proximity to her," Latham, the KBI Agent, testified. "We're talking farily close. Probably a few feet or less."

In court, Jenny's co-workers described her as a hard worker and a loving person.

"She spoke about her son and her husband," one co-worker testified. "You could tel she was very much in love. She had a picture from when they went on their honeymoon that says Mr. and Mrs. Heckle."

The trial will continue Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

The second day of testimony is underway in the trial of one of two men accused of killing a Hutchinson woman.

Charles Christopher Logsdon is charged in the June 2011 shooting death of Jennifer Heckel.

The first witness of the day was Heckel's six-year-old son. During the first-grader's testimony, he recalled the evening of June 14th, 2011, when his mother was shot and killed in their Hutchinson home.

The child said the he and his mom had been in the garage working on a box they were putting together for a Father's Day present. He remembered that it was a hot day, and they had left the garage door open.

He then recalled going into the home's sun room, where he watched his favorite TV show, Spongebob Squarepants. During a commercial break, he said he saw someone come to the house, but didn't think much of it and kept watching TV.

He then heard the door open from the garage to the kitchen and then heard what he called "some bangs that sounded like a gun." He said he stayed in the sun room, away from the kitchen, until "they were gone."

He walked into the kitchen and found his mother on the kitchen floor.

The child was escorted off the stand once questioning was complete.

Other witnesses have also been called, including two KBI investigators.

Prosecutors say the shooting was apparently a case of mistaken identity. Investigators have said they believe Logsdon and co-defendant Billy Joe Craig planned to rob someone else but went to the wrong house and instead killed Heckel. Craig told investigators Heckel was executed over a $27,000 drug debt.

Testimony began Thursday in a trial prosecutors say could last at least a month. Craig's trial is scheduled for January.

KAKE's Lily Wu is in Hutchinson covering the trial, and will be sending out updates via twitter. You can follow the trial by clicking the link below.

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