BREAKING NEWS: Judge denies change of venue in Buskirk case

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Jordan Buskirk

During an early morning hearing on Wednesday in Greene Superior Court, Judge Dena Martin denied a motion for a change of venue in the case of Jordan Buskirk, one of two men charged with the murder of Katelyn Wolfe.

But the judge did issue an order that a jury should be selected from a county other than Greene County.

The motion for a change of venue was filed by Defense Attorney Jacob Fish on June 24. Fish serves as Deputy Public Defender in Greene County and was appointed by the court to represent Buskirk.

The motion cited a number of reasons why the defense claims Buskirk 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.

Both prosecution and defense attorneys informed the court they had reached an agreement that the case should remain in Greene County, but the jury should come from outside the county.

Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw said this was consistent with how other murder cases have been handled in Greene County in the past.

Defendant Jordan Buskirk, 25, of Jasonville, was present in the courtroom for the 8 a.m. hearing, escorted by Greene County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Michael Hasler.

Buskirk is being held in the Greene County Jail along with the other suspect in the murder, Randal E. Crosley, 26, also from Jasonville.

Both men are being held without bond.

Crosley is being represented by Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman, also appointed by the court.

In Crosley's case, Baughman filed a motion on June 19 for a change of venue. A similar hearing on the motion was held in Greene Superior Court on June 21 with the same result. Judge Martin denied the motion for a change of venue but issued an order that Crosley's case will remain in Greene County with a jury selected from outside the county.

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.

The criminal investigation is ongoing. Since Buskirk and Crosley appeared in court for 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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  • Sad Case...I wouldn't want to be on this jury.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 11:33 AM
  • Hang both of them!! We have not forgotten!! Death penalty for both of them.

    -- Posted by linton_residents on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 11:56 AM
  • It would be so very hard to sit in the courtroom and look at forensic pictures & hear every gruesome detail :( Very sad & angry. Praying for strength for whoever is chosen to sit on that jury, and to her family.

    -- Posted by IndiMa06 on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 2:26 PM
  • Greene Co. cannot afford a death penalty case.

    "Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw said this was consistent with how other murder cases have been handled in Greene County in the past."

    I'm sorry, but that statement doesn't give me any confidence at all. Greene Co. is notoriously lenient on sentencing murder cases.

    -- Posted by Blueyedame on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 3:50 PM
  • The average capital case resulting in a death sentence cost $449,887, while the average cost of case in which a life-without-parole sentence was sought and achieved was only $42,658.

    scroll down to Indiana

    -- Posted by Blueyedame on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 4:01 PM
  • I pray that they will seek persons as jury members who will listen to all of the evidence that the prosecutor has, listen to the testimonies of those supine, listen to their gut.

    I cannot imagine having to sit there and listen to what these people are going to have to listen to for the first time & with no prior knowledge of this case..

    I just imagine Mr Holtsclaw is worried that the people on the jury may think twice about sentencing these two to death as with a guilty convicion I know I sure would have to be sure without any doubt what-so-ever before I could hand down a guilty verdict.

    -- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 4:40 PM
  • Where do the get the jury from? I'm sure a lot of people in surrounding areas have heard of this case unless they live out of state or far enough from our immediate counties to insure a fair jury. I wouldn't want a mistrial or hung jury and I agree I wouldn't want to sit on this jury and have to listen to what will come out.

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 6:48 PM
  • @ blueyedame ...Paul Harvey said it years ago...if you want to commit murder and get by with it go to Greene Co indiana

    -- Posted by didlivethere on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 8:11 PM
  • PICK ME PICK ME!!!! They KNEW what they were doing!! DEATH PENATLY!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by greenecountymom on Fri, Jul 5, 2013, at 2:06 PM
  • What? Are you kidding me? Now they want people to feel sorry for them! Oh I will be picked on by people in Greene County! Oh well you should be! You knew what you was doing and you deserve ever kind of punishment there is! I wish the law would do to them what they did to her! See what she went through! You two boys make me sick! Don't let them breath the air! They took her air from her so let them get the death penalty! Let them see what it's like to know that they are going to die!

    -- Posted by easternmom on Sun, Jul 7, 2013, at 9:13 AM
  • I would say that all they had to do was present the comments section of this newspaper to the judge, and that would be all it would take to get a jury from a different county.

    -- Posted by lintonite on Mon, Jul 8, 2013, at 7:38 AM
  • didlivethere, apparently Paul Harvey was wrong in this case, these two guys aren't getting away with anything!

    lintonite, I'd hope that the few comments in here wouldn't sway a judge in his decision, he or she probably hasn't even seen these comments. I think it's pretty standard on a case like this to bring in an outside jury so no biases can be used later in appeals.

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 3:31 PM
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