Updated Breaking News: Jurors in Crosley case will not be from Greene County

Friday, June 21, 2013
Randal E. Crosley

Jurors that would be selected in a trial of Randal E. Crosley, one of two suspects charged with the murder of Katelyn Wolfe, will not be Greene County residents.

Prosecution and defense attorneys have reached an agreement, approved by the court on Friday, that a jury in the Crosley case will be drawn from residents of a county other than Greene.

Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman, appointed in Greene Superior Court to represent Crosley, filed a motion late Wednesday for a change of venue away from Greene County.

The motion cited a number of reasons why the defense claims Crosley would be unable to receive a fair trial in Greene County including: Public hostility against the defendant, public outrage over the offense, prejudicial news reporting or editorializing which castigates the defendant, speculative opinions as to the personality and character of the accused, and the existence and contents of confessions or prior criminal records.

Greene Superior Court was then advised by both the defense and the prosecution that the two had reached an agreement and a hearing was held in open court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

With Judge Dena Martin on the bench, the defense presented evidence to support the request for a change of venue.

Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw, representing the State, and Baughman both told the judge they had come to an agreement that the case could remain in Greene County, but a jury should be selected from another county.

The motion for a change of venue was then denied by Judge Martin, but the judge issued an order that the jury would be drawn from residents outside of Greene County.

Defendant Crosley, 26, from Jasonville, was transported by sheriff's deputies from the Greene County Jail to the courthouse and he was present in the courtroom for the hearing.

The other suspect charged in the murder of Katelyn Wolfe, Jordan Buskirk, 25, also from Jasonville, remains in the Greene County Jail, along with Crosley, where both are being held without bond.

During Buskirk's initial hearing, Deputy Public Defender Jacob Fish was appointed to provide legal representation to Buskirk.

As of late Friday, a change of venue had not been requested in Buskirk's case.

Both Crosley and Buskirk were charged with: Felony murder; conspiracy to commit murder, a class A felony; conspiracy to commit rape, a class B felony; and criminal confinement, a class C felony.

In addition, Crosley was charged with two counts of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, both class C felonies.

Since their initial hearings, no additional information regarding the investigation has been released and the Greene County Prosecutor has declined to comment on whether he might seek the death penalty or a sentence of life without parole in either case.

Pre-trial conferences are scheduled in both cases in early August.

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  • predictable , appropriate, insignificant. This one is in the books. Only one thing is yet undetermined and forthcoming.......sentencing.

    -- Posted by mr obvious on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 6:54 PM
  • Also just a thought a man was charged w murder of a rosesale woman he should get death penalty should we all start a petition against him or the person who killed the woman and left her body in a tarp in the road? Lets cover these stories too! No justice no mercy

    -- Posted by cantheman on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 7:06 PM
  • Capital Punishment.

    -- Posted by oreoandqueen on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 7:12 PM
  • I hope justice is still served!!!!

    -- Posted by greenecountymom on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 9:20 PM
  • The best punishment involves thinking of what you have done. These guys might not be thinking about it now, but prison will treat them a lot differently. I don't think either of them should get the easy way out via the death penalty. Besides, I believe life would be worse for them in prison than anything else.

    Also, the families of these two criminals shouldn't suffer more than they have already. They have to live with the fact their children committed horrible crimes. Don't kill them and make the families suffer more. Sure, it is appropriate in most cases, but these guys didn't kill hundreds of people like the Oklamhoma Bomberm who was killed with lethal injection. Just a few thoughts...

    -- Posted by VanillaCokeShotgun on Sat, Jun 22, 2013, at 12:36 AM
  • If both have admitted to the crimes, why is there going to be a trial? Does anyone know?

    -- Posted by Fan of FB on Sat, Jun 22, 2013, at 8:24 AM
  • They both did not confess, the Probable cause affidavit that has been presented is Jordan Buskirk's recollections not Crosley's The Prosecutor has to put Crosley there when Katelyn was killed, can they? Buskirk lied and changed his story after finding out he failed the poly, who is to say he didn't lie post poly..

    -- Posted by lillymae on Sat, Jun 22, 2013, at 9:21 AM
  • That should be a very easy task lillymae.

    -- Posted by dorindaJ on Sat, Jun 22, 2013, at 1:55 PM
  • Hasn't Crosley kept his mouth shut during this entire process, doubt it will help him in long run.

    -- Posted by ihatespys on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 10:22 AM
  • But Crosley also put that post on facebook to misguide people thinking she was still alive or was not abducted so just think about it

    -- Posted by semi-statechamps on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 11:27 AM
  • i still dont know why that some random people would just kill her she didnt deserve it she was way to nice

    -- Posted by semi-statechamps on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 11:28 AM
  • They have them at a gas station in muddy clothes. Death Penalty!!!! No other options.

    -- Posted by linton_residents on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 8:56 AM
  • ok, what if... crosley supplied the drug he is the connection between buskirk and wolfe. who is to say he didn't exit the scene? while buskirk done the deed and then buskirk panicked got crosley back for help because he couldn't dispose of the body because it had become lodged in the tree? all it takes is reasonable doubt... Buskirk has already been caught lying...

    -- Posted by lillymae on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 9:11 AM
  • It's for a jury to decide. We only have the facts that have been released. The jury will have everything. We can "what if" all day, it's all speculation. I for one would hope that the jury would thoughtfully consider all the evidence..no one wants a guilty person to go free or an innocent person to be convicted.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 10:14 AM
  • Change of venue - Darn - Greene County Jurors are the BEST - they usually have the case decided before any evidence or the LACK of is presented - so the prosecutor is guaranteed a guilty verdict- even if the poor person didn't do it!! Go Greene county Jury pool!!!

    -- Posted by shelby67 on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 1:39 PM
  • lillymae don't put the blame on just one of them, this was a team effort and they are both responsible! They deserve the same HORRIBLE punishment! Katelyn was my bestfriend!!!! I also knew the two murderers and I have every reason to beleieve they BOTH did it!

    -- Posted by katee94 on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 12:01 PM
  • katee94, Sorry for your loss.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 12:41 PM
  • lillymae, just wondering why you are so convinced of his innocence and so convinced of another man's guilt on another story? Just wondering why you seem to be in the know?

    -- Posted by lintonite on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 12:47 PM
  • cantheman, Your comment made no sense at all...but from what I decoded you were dissing a murder victim...poor taste to say the least.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 7:37 AM
  • Good call GCDW by clicking delete on cantheman!!

    -- Posted by lintonite on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 8:41 AM
  • my comment was giving you just a sense of the what if scenerio that could happen in trial and if you were a stranger to this case how that could sway your opinion. I am not claiming he is innocent all I am saying he has not been tried he has not made a statement all of the statements made are by the other guy in this case not this guy. He is innocent until "proven" guilty.

    -- Posted by lillymae on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 9:19 AM
  • I am with Kate on this one, they BOTH deserve the SAME HORRIBLE punishment and WORSE. I did not know Katelyn very well, I have met her a few times and hung out with her a couple times. She was a VERY sweet girl that gave EVERYONE a chance. She was not judgmental and anymore it's hard to meet people like that, especially around here. I have no dought in my mind these 2 MONSTER BOTH did this. You can all play the what if games all you want. There is more then enough evidence to show they BOTH did it. And no, in this case here we are not playing that stupid innocent until PROVEN guilty. They are both just straight guilty as can be. I do not think they should get death, that is to good for them. Death penalty cost 10 times more then life without parole. They could be put on death row for who knows how many years and while there they get better meals then the other inmates. How about we just hand these sick monsters over to her dad and let him take care of them.

    -- Posted by lovely1989 on Sun, Jun 30, 2013, at 5:14 PM
  • Ok lillymae but my comment is coming from the fact that they already have enough evidence to say he was there. If they didn't he wouldn't be in jail. They had enough to charge and hold them BOTH on day five before even performing an autopsy on Katelyn. They have all 3 phone records, video of then both buying supplies, video of both at gas stations that day throwing supplies out afterwards and more that we don't know about.

    -- Posted by katee94 on Mon, Jul 1, 2013, at 3:58 AM
  • Let's not forget about the petition at ipetition online to sign up!!!!!

    -- Posted by linton_residents on Mon, Jul 1, 2013, at 11:25 AM
  • The death penalty is too easy for them!

    -- Posted by katee94 on Mon, Jul 1, 2013, at 7:56 PM
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