Allen Logan couldn't escape the photographs, the grisly shots of the toddler he was accused of killing, and yesterday the jury that saw those images convicted him of murder.
It was the second time Logan had been tried for the slaying of 20-month-old Mikea Washington and the child's 80-year-old "Granny," Simona Druyard. But it was the first time a jury had seen the most graphic autopsy photographs of Mikea, who was all but decapitated during a 2002 rampage in Northwest Washington.
The jury in the first trial last fall deadlocked over Logan's fate, unable to decide between two wildly different accounts of what happened June 14, 2002, inside a rowhouse in the 1400 block of Spring Road NW.
Logan was an ex-con barber with big dreams of a nightclub empire, and his would-be business partner was Mikea's father, Amin Washington, the man Logan was relying on to round up millions of dollars in start-up financing.
But the money never materialized and Logan became fed up, prosecutors said. They said he went to Washington's home an angry man and left a killer.
Amin Washington testified that Logan cut his throat. He told the jury that he tried to hide, but Logan threatened to kill Mikea if he did not come out. When he emerged, he testified, he saw Logan fleeing and found Mikea's body in a back room. Druyard, a neighbor who had become like family, lay dying on a couch, apparently attacked when she tried to come to the aid of the child.
Logan, 34, testified that Mikea had been killed by her father, who was slashing at him and had picked up the boy and was using him as a human shield. The jury convicted Logan on murder, burglary and assault charges. It concluded that the murder was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel," a finding that makes Logan eligible for life without parole. He is to be sentenced Sept. 21.