Murder trial begins for defendant representing himself

The second time this summer, a man facing murder charges in an Augusta homicide is representing himself at trial.

 

Carl G. Logan has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court where his trial began Monday. He told the jury in his brief opening statement that he is innocent of the charges and that Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators had no physical evidence against him but a partial fingerprint.

That fingerprint, Assistant District Attorney Kirk Cheney told the jury in his opening statement, was found on the piece of lumber used to bash in the back of Anthony Olivet’s head.

Olivet, 43, was found dead in his Fleming Drive apartment on March 19, 2012. That same day, Logan’s cousin gave him a ride to the bus station where he used an alias to buy a ticket, Alvin Coleman told the jury Monday.

By the time Logan was identified as a suspect the day after Olivet was found, Logan was in Texas. He was arrested and jailed there for some time and was incarcerated in Virginia before he was returned to Augusta this year to face trial in Olivet’s slaying.

The last person to represent himself at trial, Andre Jackson, 36, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2010 murders of L.V. Wilson, 38, and Janee J. Johnson, 27.

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Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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