Trial begins for Dora man charged with child sex abuse
by Rachel Davis
Feb 19, 2014 | 3253 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a week of weather-related delays, the trial of Michael Odell Logan, 34, of Dora, began Tuesday in front of Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott. Logan is charged with six felony counts related to alleged sexual abuse of a child.

The alleged victim took the stand first and testified to several instances in what she said was ongoing sexual abuse from the time she was 8 to 10 years old. Due to the age and nature of the charges, the identity of the alleged victim or any identifying details will not be published.

The girl recounted, in detail, areas of the house, and particularly the basement, where she alleged the bullk of the abuse took place. Throughout her testimony, the victim clutched a stuffed animal and answered in a low voice.

She said she never told anyone about the abuse because Logan threatened to harm her sister, and, on at least one occasion, physically held a knife to her sister's throat.

Dora Police Chief John Duchock took the stand next to testify about how his department handled the report and the case from the time they first learned of the allegations. He also walked the courtroom through the search warrant executed on Logan's residence via photos and video taken at the home. He and the prosecution also pointed out specific items inside the house that seemed to correlate to things in the victim's testimony.

Logan is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of sex abuse of an individual under the age of 12 and one count of enticing a child for immoral purposes. The first four charges are Class A felonies and the final two are Class B and Class C felonies, respectively.

Testimony will resume this morning with an interviewer from the Prescott House, the Birmingham child advocacy center that conducted the interviews of the alleged victim and her siblings. Following her testimony, the court will view the videotape of that interview, conducted in February 2012.

Following the testimony, cross examination and viewing of the video, Duchock will take the stand again to complete his testimony.