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