WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - One of four teenagers charged with the December murder of Mason Trudics appeared in court Thursday, where the judge referred his case to a grand jury and a detective revealed new information about what happened the night Trudics died.
Trudics, 18, and Logan Dean, 16, were found shot outside a home in Turtlecreek Township on Dec. 14 shortly after 2:45 a.m. Dean sustained critical injuries but survived, while Trudics died from his wounds.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the wounds were sustained while carrying out a kidnapping plan that also involved Kayla Carmack, 17, Dakota Cox, 18, and Jacob Hicks, 16.
According to the sheriff’s office, the plan involved luring a person—the shooter—to 1869 Oregonia Road, whom the group intended to kidnap and rob. Instead a gunfight ensued, with the shooter firing a gun he’d brought to the residence, wounding Dean and killing Trudics.
Dean, Carmack, Cox and Hicks were charged with murder Dec. 17.
The shooter has not been charged.
Cox’s hearing Thursday was to determine whether there was probable cause to send his case to a grand jury. The judge ruled there was.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office Detective Christopher Wong was the hearing’s only witness. He described accounts of the incident in detail.
In the process, Wong revealed for the first time that a sixth teenager was at least partly involved, a juvenile FOX19 NOW has chosen not to name as he is not charged with the murder.
Wong describes Cox as ‘the driver.’ Carmack was allegedly the one who called the shooter to lure him to her house at 1869 Oregonia Road, and on the phone he told her he would bring one-and-a-half ounces of marijuana.
The plan, Wong explains, was to kidnap the shooter, strip him and then rob him of the marijuana.
Cox allegedly picked up the other four teenagers—Trudics, Dean, Hicks and the unnamed teen, with Carmack already at her house.
The five teenagers—not including Carmack—took up their ‘positions’ around the house, Wong says. But at a certain point—it is not clear whether before or after Carmack made the call to lure the shooter there—four of them decided to get in the car and leave.
Wong says Trudics stayed, spoke with Carmack, and decided to go ahead with the plan.
Cox and the others in the car allegedly passed the shooter on Oregonia Road. At this point, Wong says, Cox turned the car around and returned to the house. Cox, Hicks and the unnamed teen did not want to get out of the car, Wong explains, but Dean did so.
Wong says Cox waited with the others in the car ‘down the road’ while the incident played out.
As to their reasons for not wanting to participate in the plan, Wong repeats an account of what Cox said in the car: “He says he doesn’t want any part of this, he doesn’t have gloves, he’s not ready for it.”
At this point, Wong says, the plan was for Cox and the others to pick Trudics and Dean up after the robbery was complete, the kidnapping portion of the plan having been abandoned.
“Is that part of the plan specifically stated?” Cox’s defense attorney asked, referencing Cox’s role in picking Trudics and Dean up.
“Yeah,” Wong replied, “that’s why they parked down the road.”
Some time later, Cox allegedly heard the gunfire and drove away.
Back at the house, Wong says Dean and Trudics were armed when they tried to rob the shooter, Dean with a gun, Trudics with a bat. Trudics allegedly ran at the shooter and sustained his gunshot wound as the shooter fired at him. Dean then returned fire and was also shot.
Wong says no marijuana was found on the shooter.
Cox is currently being held at the Warren County Jail on a $1 million bond.