Heckel murder suspect charged with witness intimidation
By Anne Meyer
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:59 PM CDT, May 31, 2012
One of the two men accused of killing a Hutchinson woman now faces charges of intimidating a witness.
Jennifer Heckel was killed in her home last year. Police believe it was a case of mistaken identity.
Only one witness took the stand thursday afternoon. He's a former inmate at the reno county jail, and he spent time behind bars with Christopher Logsden.
According to the inmate, Logsdon told him specific details about killing Jennifer Heckle, and then threatened to kill him when Logsdon found out the inmate told police about that confession
Logsdon sat in silence, as the inmate testified. The inmate told the judge Logsdon threatened him by saying he would quote "pay for this, and there was no where he could go and be safe"
This is not the first inmate to claim Logsdon confessed details of Heckle's murder while in jail.
During Logsdon's first preliminary hearing in February, several inmates took the stand describing those conversations. Prosecutors also showed a video from inside a jail pod that they claim shows Logsdon demonstrating how the murder happened.
This evidence will be used in Logsdon's upcoming trial.
The judge felt that testimony was enough to charge Logsden with the new count. It will be added to the six others he faces in the death of Jennifer Heckle.
Logsdon is expected to go to trial in September.
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