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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A third day of testimony began on Thursday morning, August 24, 2023, in the capital murder trial of a man accused of torturing and murdering an 11-year-old boy while living in Wichita Falls in 2019.
Corey Allen Trumbull, 35, is charged with capital murder, murder, and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the horrific death of Logan Cline, 11, whose body was found in an abandoned car in Wichita Falls in February 2020.
A recap of prior proceedings in this trial can be found by using the links below:
- Jury of six men and six women seated (Monday, August 21)
- Testimony begins, victim’s sister takes the stand (Tuesday, August 22)
- Child abuse expert takes stand on day two of testimony (Wednesday, August 23)
The prosecution in Trumbull’s trial is led by John Gillespie, Wichita County District Attorney, and Kyle Lessor, Assistant District Attorney. Counsel for the defense is led by William Hull and assisted by Gant Grimes, both of the Wichita County Public Defender’s Office.
Thursday, August 24, marks the last day of testimony of the first week of proceedings. Due to scheduling conflicts with a witness for the prosecution, as well as hearings currently scheduled in various Wichita County courtrooms, there will be no proceedings in this trial on Friday, August 25, 2023.
A running live blog of proceedings in the capital murder trial of Corey Trumbull for Thursday, August 24, 2023, can be found below. This story will be updated frequently.
2:45 p.m. — Courthouse officials said the prosecution is currently ahead of their testimony schedule, so with no more witnesses to call for the day, Judge McKnight dismissed the jury and the Court into recess. No proceedings will take place in this trial on Friday, August 25, 2023. Testimony is set to resume on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 9 a.m., with the state set to call a medical examiner to the stand to testify.
2:30 p.m. — Following the break for lunch, Mogg returned to the stand. Gillespie questioned Mogg regarding his interview with Trumbull, which was followed by cross-examination from defense attorney Wiliam Hull. Mogg’s testimony after lunch lasted for under an hour.
After the conclusion of the audio recording, Judge McKnight dismissed the court into recess for lunch. Proceedings will resume at 1:30 p.m.
12:06 p.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull where Johnson hit Logan, and he says she punched him in the head. Mogg then asks Trumbull why Johnson told him that the beating happened because Logan wanted food. “Are you [expletive] serious?” Trumbull then maintains the beating was a result of the accusations regarding Logan touching his younger half-sister. Trumbull says he lost his temper because as a child, he was raped and sexually abused.
12:03 p.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg tells Trumbull that Logan fell again and says, “And you still did nothing.” Mogg accuses Trumbull of helping Johnson move Logan’s body to the abandoned car. Trumbull then becomes hysterical and his words are difficult to understand, but they include Trumbull swearing on his mother’s grave that he didn’t touch Logan again after his death.
11:59 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg again asks Trumbull if he punched Logan in the head, causing him to fall and hit his head. Trumbull says Logan did fall after he punched him in the head, but he didn’t think he had hit his head. Mogg asks why Trumbull didn’t go to Logan and hold him, and Trumbull says he didn’t think Logan wanted him to.
11:56 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull to tell him the story backward. Trumbull sounds to be tripping over his words. Mogg tells Trumbull he hit Logan hard enough to stumble and fall, and Trumbull denies that. Trumbull says he just wants a chance to be happy and that he wants his family back.
11:53 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull describes the seizure that occurred prior to Logan’s death and his attempt to give Logan CPR. Mogg tells Trumbull that another person gave him the same story, except they said Trumbull punched Logan in the head, causing him to hit his head and have a seizure. Trumbull then says Logan was having seizures before the day of his death.
11:44 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull says that he doesn’t want to go to jail forever, that he grew up without a father, and that he doesn’t want to leave his children without a father.
11:42 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull what he regrets the most about the situation. Trumbull says his biggest regret is not calling the police or an ambulance. Mogg again asks Trumbull what he thinks should happen to him. Trumbull asks Mogg why he keeps asking him that question.
11:39 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull if it would be possible that Logan said he had touched girls so he could be like “Corey.” Trumbull says Logan called him dad and that Logan thought of him as a dad. “And looked what happened to him,” Mogg says. “I know, I’m a piece of [explitive].”
11:36 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull what he thinks should happen to him for what he and Johnson did to Logan. “I don’t want to go to jail,” Trumbull says. “Don’t you think Logan doesn’t want to be dead?” Mogg asks. Trumbull alleges that Lexie also had a role in beating Logan, and Mogg says she has no responsibility, that Trumbull and Johnson were the adults, and they could’ve stopped the assault at any time.
11:33 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull what was the thing that pushed him over the edge when he was beating Logan. Trumbull says he wasn’t beating Logan and some of the bruises on Logan were from sparring in the past. “He was an 11-year-old boy. You’re a 31-year-old man,” Mogg says. Trumbull says he thought Logan was 12, and Mogg corrects him.
11:30 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull if there would be any reason for Lexie to say that her brother had never touched her. Trumbull responds by stumbling over his words. Mogg asks if Trumbull and Johnson ever called the parents of Logan and Lexie’s younger half-sister to ask whether or not Logan had touched her, and Trumbull says they did not.
11:27 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull if his fingerprints would be found on the door of the abandoned car for any reason. Trumbull says prior to Logan’s death, he had looked into the vehicle to see if any money was in it. Trumbull says after Logan’s death, they stayed in Wichita Falls for a few days, then left.
11:25 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg says in a tone of disbelief that Trumbull never thought to call 911 about Logan. Trumbull says it was stupid but they didn’t want to get into trouble. Trumbull says they didn’t clean up in the room because there was no blood. Mogg tells Trumbull that they indeed found blood in the room.
11:23 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that after Logan had been cleaned off, he got a wheelchair, Johnson rolled Logan up into a blanket, put him in the wheelchair, walked him down the street, and put him in the abandoned car. Mogg says Trumbull helped Johnson put Logan in the car. Trumbull becomes audibly agitated and says, “I swear to [expletive] God I didn’t touch him after I gave him CPR.”
11:21 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that Johnson washed the body of Logan after he passed away. Mogg asks Trumbull if his clothes were bloody, and Trumbull says no, and that Johnson changed his clothes because Logan had urinated on himself during the seizure.
11:18 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that after Logan died, he didn’t touch the body or move it into the bathtub. Mogg asks Trumbull if he went to go get ice to put on Logan’s body, and Trumbull says he didn’t. Mogg presses the question, asking if security cameras from either the hotel or the store will show that he went to get ice, and Trumbull then says he had hurt his leg and needed ice for that. Mogg tells Trumbull he knows Trumbull got the ice, and Trumbull says he doesn’t remember.
11:16 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull says after the spanking incident, he punched Logan. Trumbull then says Logan fell from the table and hit his head and began having a seizure. Trumbull says this all took place while he was being disciplined by Johnson for allegedly touching his sister.
11:12 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull says Logan didn’t cry while he was being spanked because he was “sadomasochistic” and he liked the pain. “We’re talking about an 11-year-old,” Mogg replies.
11:11 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull says Logan would ask to be hit with the stick and that the kids had seen Trumbull spank Johnson on the buttocks with the stick in the past.
11:08 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg tells Trumbull that he absolutely knows without a doubt that Trumbull hit Logan with the stick. Mogg says he knows this because he spoke with Lexie. Trumbull then admits to hitting Logan with the stick once and said Logan didn’t cry while he was being “spanked”.
11:06 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg tells Trumbull that only a person of his size could have inflicted the damage on Logan that was inflicted. Trumbull attempts to explain to Mogg how the stick was crafted, apparently in an attempt to convey that Johnson could’ve inflicted the damage on Logan.
11:03 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that he spanked Logan, but he said Johnson spanked Logan multiple times with one of the homemade sticks he made.
10:55 a.m. — Testimony resumed and the interview between Trumbull and Mogg began playing from where it stopped prior to the recess. Detective Mogg tells Trumbull that he spoke with Stormy and Lexie and he knows what happened to Logan. He tells Trumbull he seems like a straight-up guy, so he wants Trumbull to be honest with him. Trumbull tells Mogg that both he and Johnson lost their temper with Logan.
The audio recording is stopped. Judge McKnight dismisses the jury to a morning break. The court is in recess until 10:45 a.m., at which time testimony will resume.
10:25 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull who came with him to Las Vegas. Trumbull says Stormy and Lexie, then hesitates. Mogg asks Trumbull what happened to Logan.
10:22 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that Johnson is the disciplinary one, not him. He says at times he had to back Johnson up. He asks about Lexie and asks whether or not her cell phone was taken while she was at CPS. He says in Wichita Falls, they first stayed at the Super 8 Motel, then at the Oyo Motel, and doesn’t mention the Red Roof Inn.
10:19 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that after leaving Chillicothe, they stayed a few nights in Vernon before making their way to Wichita Falls. He says he doesn’t remember when he and Johnson met and that it was about a year and a half before the interview. He says the kids were not enrolled in school while they were in Wichita Falls and that they homeschooled the kids.
10:15 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull where he moved after leaving Midland. Trumbull tells Mogg that he, Johnson, and the Cline children moved into a trailer in Chillicothe, along with his three dogs. Trumbull asks Mogg about his dogs, and Mogg tells him his dogs are all okay, and Trumbull becomes very emotional.
10:12 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that he’s a great dad, that he loves being a dad, and that it’s the only thing in his life that he’s ever done right.
10:11 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg that he’s in the BDSM lifestyle. Trumbull discusses another previous relationship with Mogg. He said the woman he was dating had children, and the children loved him. Mogg asks Trumbull to describe his temperament, and Trumbull says he’s chill and down to earth. Mogg asks Trumbull if he ever loses his temper, and Trumbull says no.
10:08 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg asks Trumbull to describe Logan, and Trumbull calls him a handful. He said Logan at times would say he heard voices and that he wanted to hurt people.
10:06 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull begins talking about meeting Johnson, his co-defendant and mother of Logan and Lexie Cline. He said he met Johnson on an app called Kik and they began a relationship. He referred to Johnson as “an amazing person.” “I care for everybody,” Trumbull said. “I care for Stormy, I care for Logan, I care for Lexie.” Mogg asks who takes care of Corey, and Trumbull begins to sob.
10:04 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull says his previous girlfriend’s family didn’t like him and accused him of being the reason she was using methamphetamine. Trumbull says he was trying to keep her off of methamphetamine. Trumbull asks Mogg about Stormy Johnson and Lexie Cline and if Lexie is back with her mom. Trumbull and Mogg then discuss pictures of Trumbull’s children from a previous relationship, and he can be heard becoming emotional and beginning to cry as he discusses his children.
10:02 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull tells Mogg about his time in Midland and Odessa. Trumbull said he’d met a girl there who had trouble with methamphetamine and he was trying to “help her stay out of trouble.” The overall tone of the interview up to this point is that of a friendly conversation, and at times, both can be heard laughing.
9:59 a.m. — In the audio recording, Mogg can be heard reading Trumbull his Miranda warning. Immediately after Trumbull says he understands his rights, they immediately resume discussing Scotland, Trumbull’s family history, and where he’s previously lived. Trumbull said he’d moved to Texas a few years prior.
9:56 a.m. — In the audio recording, Trumbull can be heard describing his tattoos to Mogg. One tattoo Trumbull describes as saying “Veritas aequitas”, which is Latin for “truth and honor.” Trumbull said it’s taken from the movie, Boondock Saints. Mogg and Trumbull begin discussing Scotland, and Mogg encourages Trumbull to go if he ever has the chance. It is evident that during this exchange, Mogg is establishing a rapport with Trumbull upon which the remainder of the interview will be built.
9:51 a.m. — Gillespie entered an audio recording of the interview between Mogg and Trumbull into evidence with no objection from the defense. A transcript of the interview was distributed to each jury member to aid them as the interview plays. Mogg testified that the voices on the audio recording were his and Trumbulls.
9:48 a.m. — Mogg testified that he was assigned to assist detectives with the WFPD regarding the Las Vegas aspects of the circumstances surrounding Trumbull. He testified that he conducted an interview with Trumbull while he was in custody in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, as a courtesy to the WFPD. He testified this interview took place on March 2, 2020.
9:45 a.m. — Mogg testifies that he retired two weeks ago after 35 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He testified that he’s investigated over 500 homicides during that time, conducting hundreds of interviews with suspects.
Judge McKnight dismisses Dean from the stand and instructs the prosecution that they may call their next witness. Gillespie calls Cliff Mogg, a retired homicide detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
9:40 a.m. — Gillespie said he never said Stormy came clean about Logan’s murder. Gillespie addressed a point brought up during the defense’s cross-examination, that we don’t know what happened between the welfare check at the Red Roof Inn on December 14, 2019, and the eviction on December 28, 2019. Dean testified “we do know” that Trumbull and Johnson acted together in relation to Cline’s homicide.
Hull passes the witness to Gillespie for further questioning.
9:25 a.m. — Proceedings began on Thursday morning with defense attorney William Hull’s cross-examination of Betty Dean, a retired detective with the Wichita Falls Police Department. Hull begins discussing the interview conducted by Dean and Detective Jason Biederman with Trumbull while he was in custody at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 28, 2020.
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