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Sunday, February 3, 2008

[NJ] Officer Sonya Mullins killed by blunt force trauma, fire. Help her family!

Victims, please, do not break up and go where the one you fear can find you. Remember Sonya and let her death help save your life. Then her death will at least give life to others.

Sonya Mullins fundraiser
Bridgeton News
February 01, 2008
A fundraiser is being organized for the family of Sonya Mullins, a 42-year-old corrections officer who died in a fire Jan. 25, that was started by her ex-boyfriend. The event will be held Feb. 10, at the Marino Ballroom, 11 Washington Ave., from 1 to 5 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the fundraiser, which will include a buffet lunch, is asked to bring an item that can be donated to Mullins' family, including food, toys, baby items and gift cards, according to Joe Scarpinato, of the Marino Ballroom. Mullins had just recently moved with her daughter and two granddaughters, ages 7 months and 3 years old, into the Rosenhayn home that was destroyed in the blaze. Her ex-boyfriend, fellow corrections officer Donnell Logan, 40, has been charged with murder and other offenses relating to her death. For more information about the fundraiser, call 455-7792.

Officer charged in arson death
Gloucester County Times - NJ.com, NJ
By Matt Dunn
January 29, 2008
[Excerpts] A South Woods State Prison corrections officer was formally charged Monday with murder in connection with the arson-related death of his ex-girlfriend last week. Donnell Logan, 40, was charged with purposely and knowingly committing murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated arson, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and burglary, all relating to the death of 42-year-old Sonya Mullins. Mullins, who was also a South Woods corrections officer, died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma to the head and neck in a house fire Friday in Deerfield Township. Logan and Mullins had lived together on Morgan Avenue but broke up several days before the fire...

Arrest in fire fatal
Bridgeton News
Monday, January 28, 2008
[Excerpts] ...Friday, the state medical examiner's office autopsy results noted that Mullins, 42, died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma to the head and chest... Logan and Mullins had been in a relationship and lived together in her home but broke up several days before the fire... Mullins, who had been a corrections officer for South Woods State Prison for 10 years, had just moved into the one-story home in December on her birthday... She lived at the home with her daughter and two granddaughters, who were not at home at the time of the fire...

Court Outburst Occurs During Fatal Arson Suspect's Hearing
Ex-Boyfriend Arraigned Monday
January 28, 2008
[Excerpts] ...Prosecutors revealed Monday that they believe Logan used bleach to try to destroy evidence. A judge raised his bail from $250,000 to $500,000, but for the victim's relatives that still wasn't good enough. "I want to go the (expletive) out. That's (expletive) up. I'll never see my mom again. He should have no bail," the victim's daughter yelled in court Monday. Emotions exploded in court, as loved ones of Mullins came within feet of her ex-boyfriend... The couple had recently broken up... Logan severely beat Mullins, then set her Deerfield Township home on fire early Friday morning... Both Mullins and Logan worked as corrections officers at South Woods State Prison in Cumberland County. Logan was arrested Sunday at a friend's house in Bridgeton. He was charged with murder, felony murder-arson, aggravated arson, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and burglary, police said. Neighbors said they were stunned. "He made me feel that he was just as distraught as everybody else was," Davis said. Davis said Logan appeared to be grieving just feet from the burned-out house Friday, as investigators combed the area for clues... In a statement, the administrator at South Woods State Prison said the tragedy has touched everyone there and called Mullins an extremely reliable and well-respected officer who was loved by her peers. Logan did not enter a plea in court Monday...

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