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Police Say California Man Stabbed Pregnant Sister To Death, Then Set Her On Fire In Alley

Fresno, CA – A pregnant woman was stabbed to death and set on fire in an alley just days after she was the guest of honor at a baby shower celebration, according to police.

The Fresno Police Department (FPD) and the Fresno Fire Department (FFD) responded to a dirt access road behind 4488 North Cornelia Avenue at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 after receiving a report of a dead woman who appeared to have been set on fire, KSEE reported.

“When they arrived, they saw a victim who had been set on fire, completely engulfed in fire,” FPD Chief Paco Balderrama said, according to People.

The victim, 26-year-old N-Kya Logan, had been dumped on the edge of dirt road, police said.

Police said she suffered numerous stab wounds in addition to her severe burns, KSEE reported.

FFD arson investigators and FPD homicide detectives responded to the scene and noticed a melted gas can just feet away from Logan’s body.

Investigators said they also found the presence of an accelerant on the pregnant woman’s corpse, KSEE reported.

Detectives canvassed the area and came upon a witness who reported having seen a suspicious individual pushing a city garbage bin out to the dirt access road.

The witness assumed the bin was filled with trash, and noted that the suspicious person set it on fire.

After identifying the victim, officers went to the home where she had lived with her mother and her 41-year-old brother, Aaron Dudley, KSEE reported.

Detectives located security footage from the area that allegedly showed Dudley pushing a city garbage bin through the neighborhood and in the direction of the alley where Logan’s body was later discovered.

Logan was 36 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder and had celebrated her baby shower just days before her death, the Associated Press reported.

Detectives said they believe Logan was inside her family’s home when Dudley stabbed her repeatedly, according to KSEE.

They said Logan and her unborn baby both suffered stab wounds in the horrific attack.

Dudley then allegedly placed his sister’s body inside a garbage bin, wheeled it out to the dirt access road, and doused her with gasoline before lighting her on fire, police said.

Family members told police that Logan planned to name her baby boy Noah, according to KSEE.

Authorities said the unborn child likely could have survived outside his mother’s womb at the time he was stabbed, the Associated Press reported.

Dudley was arrested as he allegedly attempted to flee the home when officers arrived to execute a search warrant, according to KSEE.

He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of the homicides of Logan and her unborn child.

Chief Balderrama said the brutal murder was “horrific,” the Associated Press reported.

“It takes an awful lot of evil, hate and planning to stab your own sister multiple times,” the chief said. “Since I was informed about this incident yesterday, I haven’t stopped thinking about it.”

No motive was released.

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said she plans to push for the death penalty, People reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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