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Last updated on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
(BLOOMFIELD) - Superior Court Judge Dena Martin has granted a defense motion for a continuance in the case of Randal Crosley, one of two men charged with the murder of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe.
The motion was filed last Tuesday and approved Monday afternoon during a pretrail conference.
Crosley's trial by jury, previously scheduled to start on March 3, has been reset to start at 9 a.m. on May 19, 2014.
Another motion, filed previously in Crosley's case, requested a change of venue away from Greene County. That motion was denied, but attorneys on both sides came to an agreement and the court ruled the jury for Crosley's trial would be selected from residents other than those living in Greene County.
The motion for a continuance was filed the same day an agreement was filed in the case of Crosley's co-defendant, Jordan Buskirk.
Buskirk signed an agreement stating he intends to plead guilty on all counts and that he will testify truthfully against Crosley.
Crosley, 25, and Buskirk, 26, both from Jasonville, were both charged in separate cases with Wolfe's murder.
Crosley is charged with: felony murder; conspiracy to commit murder; conspiracy to commit rape, ; criminal confinement, and two counts of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Crosley has also been named as a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred in Avon, Ind. in 2012 but charges have not yet been filed against him in that case.
Crosley has remained in the Greene County Jail since he was arrested on June 7. He is being held without bond.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a few days prior to the alleged attack, Buskirk told police that he and Crosley traveled to Terre Haute where they bought condoms, handcuffs, restraint straps, rope and a 20-lb. weight.
Buskirk told investigators the initial plan was to "rape and then murder" and that it was an idea that "popped in their heads."
Buskirk told police they kept the items in the trunk of his car and that they weren't targeting Wolfe specifically, but that they intended to attack someone.
Buskirk told police he and Crosley picked Wolfe up at her home about 1 a.m. then drove around doing drugs and gave Wolfe several pills. After driving around on country roads they stopped the vehicle , got out and opened the rear doors and pinned Wolfe down. There they climbed on top of Wolfe for sexual intent.
Buskirk told police, Crosley started choking Wolfe in a head lock and he let go when he thought she was unconscious.
Buskirk allegedly handcuffed Wolfe behind her back while Crosley taped her mouth shut and duct taped her legs.
Crosley allegedly hit Wolfe in the face multiple times because she was trying to bite them. Buskirk put his own white shirt over her head then put duct tape around her head and neck.
According to the affidavit, Wolfe was still conscious and was trying to talk but could only make noise due to the duct tape.
Buskirk told police he asked Wolfe what she was saying but explained that "Crosley then started saying over and over that she needed to die" and Buskirk took a rope, wrapped it around her neck and choked her until she stopped struggling.
The two men then allegedly dragged Wolfe to the rear of the car and put her in the trunk.
They then drove around getting high and Crosley used Wolfe's cell phone - sending text messages, to his own phone and to his wife Tamera Crosley's cell phone.
The men then drove to a location near Sullivan to conduct a drug deal - Wolfe's body was still in the trunk. The drug deal didn't go through.
Next the two allegedly stopped at another rural location near Sullivan and got the body out of the trunk Crosley allegedly used a rope to tie the body into a fetal position and connected the rope to a 20-pound weight and put it back in the trunk.
From there, they drove to a lake where they got the body out of the trunk again and dragged it to the top of a hill and let it go.
Wolfe's head struck a tree branch on the way down and was gashed and bled, and then her body got lodged.
Buskirk alleges that Crosley then drug Wolfe's body to a ledge and threw it over a high wall into the lake around 3 a.m.
Buskirk told police that he and Crosley then returned to conducting their "drug business."
The two allegedly cleaned the car out and returned to the lake later in the day to make sure the body had not floated back to the surface. They also disposed of various items in several different locations.
Later, Burskirk took police to the different areas where officers recovered numerous items including duct tape, one of Wolfe's shoes, rope, restraints, the section of the tree that caused a gash in Wolfe's head and a trash bag containing a pair of Buskirk's blue jeans.
Then on Sunday, June 9, police spoke to Randal Crosley's wife Tamera. She told them she had gone out to rural areas she was familiar with to look for Wolfe. She told police she went to the lake where she saw a shoe floating on the surface of the water at the base of high wall.
Officers went to that location that day but did not locate anything on dry land. The next day, on Monday, June 10, they called in Indiana Conservation Officers and Wolfe's body was recovered in the lake around 5 p.m.
After an autopsy, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr ruled that the cause of death was asphyxia due to smothering and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
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