Man convicted in mistaken-id killing of Kan. lady seeks aid of sentenc…

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HUTCHINSON — Reno County District Judge Trish Rose scheduled a hearing over the civil filing of a Hutchinson man convicted of the murder of a Hutchinson woman.

Charles Christopher Logsdon was sentenced by District Judge Trish Rose to 25 years to life for the murder of Jennifer Heckel with an additional 23 years for other crimes.

In his filing, Logsdon claims newly discovered evidence and a number of items he feels should grant him relief from his conviction and sentence.

He also claimed prosecutor misconduct, an illegal arrest and warrant, an equal protection violation, being convicted of multiple charges — which under the law are the same — and ineffective counsel at both the trial and appellate levels.

In addition, Logsdon claims jury misconduct, faulty jury instructions and disparity of a plea offer.

In 2011, Logsdon was convicted in the shooting death of Heckel in her home while her young son listened in another room.

The state contends the murder was a case of mistaken identity and that the suspects intended to rob another woman but  ended up at the wrong house.

A co-defendant, Billy Craig Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in the murder case.

Judge Rose has scheduled the civil case for hearing Friday afternoon.

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