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June 13, 2013

Murder suspects: 'It was something that popped in our heads'

Formal charges filed on Buskirk, Crosley in death of Linton woman.

BLOOMFIELD — Formal murder charges were filed Thursday against two men in the death of Katelyn Wolfe.

Randal E. Crosley, 25, and Jordan Buskirk, 26, have both been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, rape and criminal confinement in Wolfe’s death. Crosley was further charged with two counts of dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance.

The probable cause affidavit reads like a mystery novel, as Buskirk told Linton police detectives the two allegedly planned to abduct and rape a woman, who would be Wolfe.

Buskirk then told detectives the two had sold Wolfe the prescription sedative Valium on two separate occasions the night of Wolfe’s death. At 1 a.m. on June 6, Buskirk said the two picked up Wolfe near her home in Linton and then drove to the country.

Then, according to the affidavit, the two stopped in the middle of a country road and got out of Buskirk’s car. The two then tried to hold the 19-year-old down to forcibly rape her and Buskirk then said Crosley choked her in a headlock until she passed out. She was then handcuffed and duct tape was placed over her mouth, the affidavit said. Wolfe  fought back, but was then punched in the head by Crosley, who put a white shirt he was wearing over her head.

The decision was then made to kill the girl.

“(Buskirk) explained (Crosley) then started saying over and over that she needed to die,” the affidavit said. “(Buskirk) explained he then took a rope, wrapped around her neck, and choked her until she stopped struggling.”

The two then placed Wolfe’s body in the trunk and after getting high off synthetic marijuana, they looked for a place to dump the body, the affidavit said. During that time, Crosley used Wolfe’s phone to send text messages to himself and to his wife Tamera to allegedly cover his tracks. He also used the phone to post a message on Wolfe’s Facebook page before he destroyed the phone and the SIM card.

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