Four teens arrested in connection with Warren Co. student’s death

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LEBANON — Detectives arrested four teenagers Tuesday for the murder of Mason N. Trudics of Centerville.

“The investigation determined those arrested, along with Trudics, planned the robbery and kidnapping of an individual who was called by one of the four to 1869 Oregonia Road, Turtlecreek Township (Warren County),” according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier reports confirmed that Trudics, 18, was a student at the Warren County Career Center vocational school.

“When the individual arrived at the address, he was met with a baseball bat and a firearm. It was then he reportedly defended himself (also armed with a firearm) against attack, and gunfire erupted leaving Trudics dead and 16-year-old Logan M. Dean critically wounded. The shooter, who was initially determined to be a suspect, has not been charged.

“We have no reason to believe the homeowners were involved in any way; however, the 17-year-old daughter, Kayla Carmack, who lives at the residence, has been charged and arrested.”

The sheriff’s office released the names of the four arrested:

• Kayla J. Carmack, 17, Lebanon

• Dakota J. Cox, 18, Kettering

• Logan M. Dean, 16, Centerville

• Jacob W. Hicks, 16, Centerville

All are being housed in either the Warren County Jail or Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly since the murder to unravel this incredibly complex case,” said Chief Deputy Barry K. Riley. “There is still a tremendous amount of evidence to process, witnesses to interview, and we will not rule out additional charges or arrests. As this case enters the criminal justice system there will be no further comments.”

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