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