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Fresno Man Accused Of Killing And Burning Pregnant Sister Two Days After Her Baby Shower

Aaron Dudley, 41, is charged with the murders of his sister, N-Kya Logan, 26, and her unborn child, a baby boy due to be named Noah. She was approximately 36 weeks along.

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A man is under arrest, accused of stabbing his pregnant, younger sister to death and setting her body on fire in an alley, Fresno police said.

Aaron Dudley, 41, is currently in the Fresno County Jail facing two charges of murder in the deaths of N-Kya Logan, 26, and her unborn child. Police said Logan was approximately 36 weeks pregnant at the time of her death and had just had a baby shower for the boy, whom she planned to name Noah, two days before she was murdered.

“It’s a very troubling situation, and again, as a police chief, I find this horrific,” said Paco Balderrama, Fresno Police Department’s chief of police, during a press conference streamed on Facebook Wednesday.

Balderrama said firefighters were called to an alley near the 4400 block of North Cornelia Avenue around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, where they found a woman engulfed in flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

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After gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses, police determined Logan’s own brother was the suspect. Balderrama said Dudley ran when police arrived at his home.

Police said they executed a search warrant at the home where Logan lived with Dudley and their mother,, and where they believe the murder took place. During their search, they also found evidence that allegedly connected Dudley to Logan’s murder.

Police handouts of N-Kya Logan and Aaron Dudley

Officers believe Logan was dead when she was set on fire. Several surveillance videos show Dudley pushing a trash bin, believed to contain Logan's remains, for four blocks from his home to an alley where he set the remains on fire, according to police. Police also said that there was a witness who took a picture of a man that resembles Dudley standing over Logan’s body in the alley.

“I don’t know what the motive was, but it’s pretty relevant in my opinion,” Balderrama said. “It takes an awful lot of evil, hate, planning, to stab your own sister multiple times.”

Balderrama added the baby was also stabbed several times while in Logan’s uterus.

“This was a baby, 36 weeks, this is not an embryo or a fetus, this is a baby who could survive outside the stomach,” Balderrama said. “She intended to have baby Noah. And now, obviously, that is all done.”

This wasn’t the first time police visited the home where Logan and Dudley lived with their mother. Fresno police responded to a 911 call at the home on July 28, 2021. The police chief said at that time that Dudley was deemed to be a threat to himself or someone else and was placed on an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric detention.

“The victim did fear for her safety on that call in July,” Balderrama said, speaking to the relationship between Logan and Dudley. “So if I were to define it [the relationship], I’d say not great. But at this point, without getting any further disclosures from the victim’s family or suspect, I can’t say for certain what their relationship was like.”

The murders are still under investigation by Fresno police and haven't been presented to the district attorney's office yet. Fresno County’s District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said Dudley is eligible for the death penalty if he goes to trial.

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