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UPDATED Breaking News: Crosley and Buskirk formally charged in the Wolfe murder case during Friday morning hearing

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw was deluged with questions from broadcast journalists after two men were charged with the murder of Katelyn Wolfe early Friday in Greene Superior Court.
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Randal Crosley
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Jordan Buskirk
The two men suspected of the murder of Katelyn Wolfe appeared before Judge Dena Martin in Greene Superior Court early Friday morning for their initial hearings.

Randal E. Crosley, 26, and Jordan W. Buskirk, 25, both of Jasonville, were both formally charged with murder and other crimes amid heavy security in the courthouse.

Everyone entering the courthouse was screened at the door by Greene County Sheriff's Deputies assigned to the courthouse. In addition, three officers from the sheriff's department were assigned to the courtroom.

GCSD Chief Deputy Major Mike Hasler and GCSD Detectives George Dallaire and James O'Malley stood throughout the proceedings in close proximity to the defendants and the area where defendants' friends and family members were seated. One of the detectives never took his eye off the crowd.

The two defendants did not appear in the courtroom together. Crosley was escorted in for the first hearing. When it concluded, there was a short recess then Buskirk was escorted in for the second hearing.

Judge Martin advised both of the men of their rights, and she informed both that they will continue to be held without bond. Both had legal representation by their side during their hearing, and both had family members present in the courtroom.

Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw represented the State and read the criminal charges to both men, with brief descriptions of the crimes, and he explained the possible consequences should they be found guilty.

Holtsclaw explained that each criminal count stood on its own and they could be found guilty on all counts, or none, or some of the charges.

Both Crosley and Buskirk were charged with:

* Murder, with a possible sentence, if found guilty, of 45-65 years in prison.

* Conspiracy to commit murder, a class A felony, 20-50 years

* Conspiracy to commit rape, a class B felony, 6-20 years

* Criminal confinement, a class C felony, 2-8 years

In addition, Crosley was charged with:

* Two counts of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, both class C felonies, 2-8 years.

Each of the above counts also carries a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Holtsclaw told the defendants that if they were found guilty on more than one count, they could be ordered to serve the two sentences, or more than two, concurrently -- at the same time, or consecutively -- one after the other.

Not guilty pleas were entered for both defendants.

Judge Martin asked both defendants if they wanted to request counsel be appointed, and she questioned both defendants about their financial resources.

Crosley said he lived with his wife and daughter, was now unemployed, had no savings, did not own a vehicle and did not own any real estate. He did say he was previously employed with Employment Plus making $9 per hour for 40 hour work weeks.

When the Judge asked if he had any other source of income, Crosley displayed honesty answering, "Dealing."

A defense attorney moved to the strike the answer from the record, but Crosley said it in open court and the remark will remain on the record, according to Judge Martin.

The judge told Crosley he did qualify for a public defender and Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed. Baughman had already been involved in the case. He was appointed by Greene Circuit Court Judge Erik Allen to provide legal assistance to Crosley on Saturday, June 8, just a couple of days after the investigation into Wolfe's disappearance began -- Crosley had been arrested on an unrelated warrant issued in another county, but was being questioned by investigators, he asked for an attorney and Baughman was summoned. During the hearing, Crosley indicated he wanted to stick with Mr. Baughman as his attorney.

When Buskirk was questioned, he said he lived with his brother Zach and Zack's girlfriend, and that he had one child. He said he was unemployed but had previously worked at Futurex in Terre Haute. He said he had no other source of income and no savings but was making payments on a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer. He first said he did not own any real estate but then explained he's been paying on a home mortgage for three or four years. He said he didn't know if he had any equity or not.

The judge told Buskirk he did qualify for a public defender and Greene County Deputy Public Defender Jacob Fish was appointed. Fish has also been providing legal advice to Buskirk since his arrest.

During both hearings, the defendants paid close attention to the proceedings, listened carefully when the judge or the prosecutor was speaking, replied to questions and were respectful of the court.

When Crosley's hearing ended and he stood to leave with a deputy, he did turn to a tearful woman sitting behind him and attempted to say something to her -- but he was cut short by deputies.

A row full of Crosley supporters left the courtroom and the hallway (via elevator) after his hearing, then they caught everyone in the courtroom's attention when the door opened and they all marched back into the courtroom in the middle of Buskirk's hearing. They sat down in a back row.

Buskirk's father and an aunt were present for both hearings. They sat quietly in a back row during Crosley's hearing, then moved to a front row before Buskirk's began.

Numerous broadcast journalists standing in the hallway, with their videographers, peppered Crosley supporters with questions when they first left the courtroom.

When Buskirk's family left the courtroom after his hearing, the broadcast journalists cornered the father and he broke down in tears as they deluged him with difficult questions.

Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw was also stopped as he left the courtroom, but he offered little comment on the case.

The next scheduled day in court in both cases will be pre-trial conferences, both scheduled for the afternoon of August 5.


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Still amazed that someone capable of performing these stone cold acts was so willing to give up such in depth details. I hope getting to find out "how it felt" was worth all this.

-- Posted by TeddyDaniels on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 11:17 AM

One of them had a wife and child? And he never thought "would I want something like this to happen to them?" They are both cold hearted killers and, as sure, deserve NO MERCY. Even guys in prison don't like child killers.

-- Posted by Thunder Cloud on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 11:32 AM

"After the hearing Buskirk's father, Gilbert, broke down in tears in the courthouse hallway as he was deluged by media seeking comment. "

I just can't imagine what any of these families are going through. The Wolfe family has lost Katelyn. The Buskirk and Crosley families are suffering as well. It would be difficult to come to grips with the fact that your child was capable of something like this. These two men have caused great pain to so many people.

-- Posted by lintonite on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 12:04 PM

I agree LintonNeedsChanges, I hope our prosecutor does not bargain with them!!! they have the evidence to place them at the scene there is no need to accept any plea agreement! don't let this be another 20 years and them out at 45 to do this again!

-- Posted by lillymae on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 12:07 PM

I've never been a fan of the death penalty...until now. Rotting in prison is too good for them. I hope they get death.

My heart goes out to their families as well as Katelyn's. Three families are forever changed in the most devastating way possible.

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 12:17 PM

DEATH PENALTY. We dont want to pay for them to live in 'comfort' for most of the rest of their lives. You KNOW they will get out before their sentences are up, IT HAPPENDS ALL THE TIME. Lethal Injection. Let Katelyn dad push it in!!!!

-- Posted by linton_resident on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 1:30 PM

"She had the white shirt duct taped over Wolfe's head".

Who did? What?

-- Posted by TeddyDaniels on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 1:37 PM

The death penalty is not going to bring Katelyn back or anyone else who was murdered in the past.

Do anyone of you know that it costs a county millions more dollars to have a death penalty trial because you have to have defense lawyers that are certified in death penalty cases and the county has to pay them more. Plus, it costs more money to house these people on death row. Bill Benefiel was convicted and sentenced to death in November of 1988 and he was executed in April of 2005. John Stephenson was convicted of a 1996 murder in Warrick County and he is still on death row. It is more logical to sentence them to life in prison with no parole. They will never get out and most men in prison have no use for anyone who rapes and murders women or harms children.

We have people who have spent more than 20-years on death row. It is cheaper to house them in general population and it is cheaper to commute the sentences to life in prison. We should not seek vengeance as God said, "Vengeance is mine." It is not the state's place to execute anyone.

"An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind!"

Mahatma Gandhi

-- Posted by Brandon.Harris on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 1:50 PM

@ linton_resident

Seeking the death penalty, and carrying it out, comes at a greater expense to the tax payers than just sentencing to life in prison.

-- Posted by so1941 on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 2:06 PM

I don't know much about the justice system and this may be a completely terrible question, but how can they plead, "not guilty" when they completely admitted to everything and even showed police where everything was. It doesn't make any sense to me. On the other side of all of this, I am so sorry to the families involved on both sides of this tragedy. It has to be so hard to know that your son would be capable of this. And the wife who has to live with guilt and shame. The babies who will have their daddy's mistakes looming over them. People are so cruel and are saying such mean things to them. It is not their choices that made Randal and Jordan do this. It was Randal and Jordan's choices and theirs alone. Don't punish their families for these mistakes. Love them. That is what all of them need right now....love. And for Katelyn's friends and family, I am so truly sorry that you have to have all of these details shoved in your face. I truly believe they put them out there because with social media the way it is right now, it would have leaked out anyway. I don't think it is right at all to have so many details. I am sorry you have had to go through that on top of losing someone you love. :( I truly hope you will find peace and comfort. All of you. I have been praying for that since she went missing. I pray for God's arms of comfort and peace to hold you and keep you safe. I hope you know that not everyone out there are heartless and say cruel things. There are still good people who care about you. I am one of them.

-- Posted by theharts82110 on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 2:29 PM

@ Brandon Harris... Death penalty is and should be a right. Yes vengence is the Lord's but are you going to neglect Genesis 9:6 "whoso sheddeth man's blood by man shall shed his blood " and Exodus 21:12 "He that smiteth a man so that he die shall be surely put to death " Sad to say that there is the need for the death penalty but there is such a thing is murder therefore there is a need. The problem lies with mankind not God and truthfully an overhaul of the legal system needs done.. Offenders have it way to easyand it takes way too long to excute the death penalty when it is handed down.. The appeals process should be stream lined and within a year it should be done instead of dragging it out 10-20yrs

-- Posted by shiney on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 2:47 PM

@LintonNeedsChange and @theharts82110, While I am not expert, I believe in Indiana for initial hearings for Murder that a Plea of Not Guilty is automatically entered because of the seriousness of the charge. The quote in the article was "Not guilty pleas were entered for both defendants" which doesn't say they stated Not Guilty but it was entered for them, the way I read it!

-- Posted by WRVGrad92 on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:05 PM

How did Mrs. Crosley know the general area to look for Katelyn's body? Just a question that has been bouncing around in my brain.

-- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:38 PM

@peacelovaeandprayers...it states on another post either on here or another site that Mrs. Crosley was thinking about where Randal went a lot out in the country because she was also out helping to look for katelyn and that is when she found the shoe floating in the water where Katelyn was found. Mrs. Crosley is the one who told police where she saw the shoe floating.

-- Posted by proud_mom2012 on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:51 PM

I've heard there have been death threats made to the family members of Jordan Buskirk and Randal Crosley. That disgusts me beyond belief! They are VICTIMS. If it wasn't for Randal Crosley's wife, they may have never recovered Katelyn's body. I understand our community being devastated and upset. But I do NOT understand ANYONE taking this out on innocent victims. LEAVE THEM ALONE!

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:52 PM

I believe she just looked at places where he liked to frequent.

-- Posted by LoudMouthedHillbilly on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:57 PM

I have been wondering the same thing for days. She just randomly drove by after the crime that her husband admitted to committing and seen a shoe floating?? Yet did not come foward and notify someone of it??

-- Posted by truthfulspeaking on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 4:02 PM

Yes the legal system does need overhauled.

They should convert back to hanging

Them. There would be alot of time and money

Saved. Thats exactly what they deserve!

-- Posted by cocoa37 on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 5:38 PM

I find it interesting that Crosley's family found it necessary to draw attention to themselves by "marching" back into the court room during the sentencing of Buskirk. Seriously?? Did they need more attention? I believe if my family member was being charged with murder and was a drug dealer I would sit down and shut up.

-- Posted by Randomthoughts on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 6:24 PM

I've seen several posts about Tamera Crosley.. And even though I don't know her.. To her defense I want to say this, maybe she has been to these areas with her husband.. At least that's what she has said. I myself understand this completely! I know where my husband goes to fish, hunt, etc,,, she said that she searched several areas that she knew he liked to go and noticed a shoe in the water at one place and she went to the police!! Seems to me if she was involved she might have retrieved the evidence instead of contacting authority's about it!

-- Posted by K'sMomma on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 7:20 PM

I've said it once and I will say it again; if we had a public hanging on the court house lawn (just one time), there would be less murders. They have all but admitted to this murder; hang em high !

-- Posted by guitar.man on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 9:50 PM

They Confessed-Take them to Linton Park and Hang Them! That would make anyone around think twice before doing something like that again.

-- Posted by jamm on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 10:43 PM

Mr. Buskirk, I saw you on the news today and it broke my heart I am Shawn Sieners mother and believe me I know what you are going thru and how you feel right now and will feel from now on. We as parents are hit extremely hard and no one understands what we go thru. I wish I could reach out to you my heart is literally breaking for you right now the pain is tremendous!! What you must remember is you love your child and this is not your fault at all! They made the choices they made and we were good caring loving parents who dont deserve this heartache. You are now going to feel sorrow, guilt, and also at the same time defensive of your son and that is all normal. You will question yourself and wonder why.... but you will get to a point of numbness and coping and im sorry to say deep sadness because now you have lost your child as well. I felt horrible for the woman my son killed I felt horrible for her friends and some of her family but in my case I still blame those boys involved. Mr Wolfe has my deepest sympathy and Im sure if he saw the news cast today he knows you feel the same for his loss. Some will attack you for your sons actions believe me after reading about this story this past week unfortunatley its bringing it all up again like it was yesterday for me. Ive looked for a support group for parents like us and I have not found any in Indianapolis area. I wish there was one. This has almost destroyed me. I no longer can work I am now at 47 years of age on disability and I barely cope most days. I hope you can be stronger then I was and try not to let this take over and ruin your life but it will be very difficult on you! I just guess I wanted you to know there is someone who completley gets it and that you are not alone. Im sending hugs to you even though i dont know you personally but after seeing you today I just feel so horrible that you are now going to have to endure the after math of this horrific crime. Please just remember its not anything you did your son made his own choices you are a good person I can tell! Stay as strong as you can take the best care of yourself you can Ill be praying for you!!

-- Posted by hatethisworld on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 11:34 PM

Vengeance is the Lord's is meant for individuals to not take vengeance. That's because IT IS the responsibility of the government to do it. It seems there are many who want to take the law into their own hands and that's a normal human response, but we as individuals aren't suppose to return evil for evil. We are to hate evil, but not return it on someone. If the justice department fails here on earth, it will not fail in God's hands. He will have the last say no matter what the justice department does. Let not a root of bitterness well up in you because you don't forgive, so each of us as individuals should forgive. It's in the hands of the law now, so we have to let them handle it.

-- Posted by sjk on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 12:14 AM

There is no reason whatsoever for anyone to make threats against Mr. Buskirk's and Mr. Crosley's family. They had nothing to do with this murder. Randall and Jordan took it upon themselves to abduct, rape and murder Katelyn. It was not their family's. Please leave them alone. It is not going to do one bit of good to make threats against someone's family. I am sure they are having a very hard time dealing with this as well.

-- Posted by Brandon.Harris on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 12:56 AM

We do not need the death penalty. It should be abolished. Sentence Buskirk and Crosley to life in prison with no parole. They will never get out to harm anyone else.

-- Posted by Brandon.Harris on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 12:57 AM

Thunder Cloud, I hear that a lot that even guys in prison don't like child killers but am sure the prisons are full of them regardless.

lintonite, I so agree, I saw the father breaking down on the news, that was heartbreaking, I can't imagine how he feels either, knowing his son who once was just a little boy could commit an act like this. I will be praying for that man, my heart goes out to him, he didn't do anything, it was his son's choice, please remember that people.

shiney, have to agree, the death penalty appeals take wayyyyy tooo long.

Why would Crosley's wife be looking at places he frequented? Did she have some idea that he had done this before hand? I don't get it.

well said sjk :)

-- Posted by sassy12 on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 9:18 AM

A good reason to keep the death penalty on the books is that it makes LWOP an attractive fallback alternative to defendants. If there was no death penalty, then LWOP would be the ultimate penalty, and defendants would try to force prosecutors to waive a LWOP request in favor of, say, 50-60 years which would mean release in 25-30 years or even less if the defendant is able to earn time cuts.

The death penalty, and the threat of it, can be a valuable cudgel in getting defendants to accept LWOP plea deals.

-- Posted by Michael Renn on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 9:39 AM

Several people have mentioned how they are amazed that the two men recounted the events so openly to investigators, and I would like to offer this tidbit: It was only after the polygraph failures that this openness occurred (which they failed). My old friend, Sgt. Dan Gress, who administered the polygraph, is one of the best at what he does, and often after a failure of one of Dan's tests, the suspects feel that since they have basically "lost", they might as well 'fess up and get on with the ordeal. That is not to say that they immediately say "I did it, now let me tell you how". What I am saying is that the failure of the "lie detector" makes them more pliable in the hands of the next interrogator, and it is evident that the investigating officer(s) in this case have done their job well!

-- Posted by Justin Olfeller on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 10:03 AM

Polygraph results are inadmissible at trial, UNLESS the subject agrees to their admissibility. So when the police offer them to suspects, and the suspect agrees, the police ask the suspect to sign an agreement that the results are admissible at trial.

When defense lawyers are able to get to suspects before police questioning, they will often arrange for their clients to take polygraph tests. Unstipulated, the results are not admissible at trial. Which is good if the client fails. And no one will find out. And if the client passes, they can tell the police that they don't need to take a police administered polygraph because the suspect already took one and passed it. If the case is in the media, they can tell the media that the suspect passed a polygraph. This is what happened with several of the "persons of interest" in the Lauren Spierer investigation.

To me, I am always amazed at how willing suspects are to talk to police, in spite of their 5th Amendment privilege against self incrimination. They consent to searches of cars and homes knowing that police will find stuff. They take police polygraphs even though polygraphs are unreliable and inadmissible. They simply don't or can't STFU.

Here is an interesting link to a lecture from a law professor on why he thinks you should NEVER talk to police under ANY circumstances. Watch it. Whether you agree or not, it is very interesting and instructive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7...

-- Posted by Michael Renn on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 10:33 AM

depending on economics has a lot to do when it comes to plea agreements. a poor county has a hard time coming up with the funds for a high profile case. but with all the evidence I would be a short trial.

-- Posted by dennisb1953 on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 3:23 PM

Mr. Renn, I found the video to be very interesting. We often forget that the 5th Admendment exists for our protection v our guilt. What others are also forgetting is that our great country was founded on the grounds of "no cruel and unusual punishment" and "equal justice for all". Not to mention that the ICLU and the ACLU would come unglued at any sort of retributive justice. Then, of course, there is the Commandment that says THAT SHALL NOT KILL.

Then leave the system to prosecute Buskirk and Crosley. If you do not like how the system works, then work to change it. Register to vote, educate yourself, and vote for the people who share the beliefs that you hold. Read and study the laws, vote for change, make things happen!! We are, after all, the people who put the Indiana lawmakers in office. Holtsclaw could still be going after a lot more without going for the death penalty. Do not sound like everyone outside Greene and Sullivan Counties expects you to sound.

If you really to do justice for Ms. Wolfe, then make a difference in how the system works, instead of sounding like you would like nothing better than a public lynching!!!

-- Posted by Stand Up on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 10:48 PM

I hope that Greene County will prosecute these two, to the fullest extent of the law. Subtract what it will cost to house these 2 in prison for the rest of their lives. It would also send a message that Greene County will no longer tolerate murders in our community. Please, remember the true victim, she will never get another chance, she will not get to tell us how horrified@scared she was. Her father has a death sentence,that will last a lifetime because these (two) wanted to see what it felt like to kidnap@murder someone. Mr. Buskirk, my heart aches for you, you showed how truly sorry you are for what has happened, I cannot imagine the heartache you also face. Please continue to keep the Wolfe family in your prayers, and continue to support and do all we can for them.

-- Posted by mimosa11 on Sun, Jun 16, 2013, at 8:57 AM

I don't know any of the people involved but wanted to point out something I viewed from the news articles and comments. Many have questioned why Mrs. Crosley was in the place to find the shoe etc. This is all opinion but think about this, one article stated that Mr. Crosley sent a txt to his wife from Katelyns phone. Then another article states that Crosley and Buskirk were "People of Interest" since near the beginning of the investigation. While not everything has come out evidence wise, it is highly possible that Mrs. Crosley contacted the police early on about the txt she received, that her husband had connection to Katelyn and therefore that is why he was a person of interest so early. Then she looked in places she knew he went to and found the shoe floating and then told the police. If these thoughts are true, I would say she acted honorably and with concern!

-- Posted by WRVGrad92 on Sun, Jun 16, 2013, at 9:35 AM

I agree they should be hanged at linton park or burned at the stake! No one should ever have to go through what Katelyn did, my girls used to be friends with her and the two boys that did this and i feel they should endure a horrific death just like she did! why should we have to pay for these two to be kept in prison for the rest of their lives??? I can see there is going to be no justice for Katelyn. Maybe people should be down there at the courthouse when they have their hearing and protest....NO DEALS NO MERCY...JUSTICE FOR KATELYN!!

-- Posted by nightstorm on Sun, Jun 16, 2013, at 12:12 PM

@Brandon Harris..... death penalty abolished?? that should NEVER happen. I'm sorry but look at the ppl who get released that have been sentenced. Dont say that isnt going to happen because YOU dont know that. Why take the chance on that happening or them escaping somehow?

-- Posted by linton_residents on Mon, Jun 17, 2013, at 8:26 AM

Concerning their punishment: I just hope they involve Eric Wolfe every step of the way in any decision to make a deal or proceed to trial. He is the one with the true loss here.

-- Posted by lintonite on Mon, Jun 17, 2013, at 9:09 AM

To all the families involved. Sending prayers to you all. This is horrible! I can't believe this happened so close to us. This is what you see on TV in big cities. Mr. Wolfe may you be at peace. You know they will be punished. It won't bring Katelyn back but she too is at peace. I hope they both get what is coming to them. I would say death because they sure don't deserve to live even in prison. Katelyn may you rest in peace.

-- Posted by BarbieD6223 on Mon, Jun 17, 2013, at 12:52 PM

Seeing Mr. Buskirk on tv made me cry. So sad. I couldn't imagine the pain they all are feeling right now. On both sides of this. :(

-- Posted by theharts82110 on Tue, Jun 18, 2013, at 12:08 AM

Gilby, I am truly sorry you are going through this and the pain you feel for both you and the Wolfe family. I had worked with you for years and know you a wonderful person and you will survive this as well.

-- Posted by miner_14 on Tue, Jun 18, 2013, at 8:36 PM

It is my understanding that Crosley never told his side. Everything in the probable cause affidavit that I have read does not include any of Randal Crosley's recollections, only Mr Buskirks' recollections which did not include rape.

-- Posted by lillymae on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 8:57 AM


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