LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - Not Guilty; that's the plea Greene County, Ind. court officials entered for two men accused of murder.
Jordan Buskirk, 26, of Jasonville and Randal Crosley, 25, of Linton are charged with the death of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe.
Both appeared stoic in court as the judge read them their charges. At this time, no one will comment on the death penalty or life without parole in regards to this case.
"It's important we get every case right, whether it's a misdemeanor or a murder, and we always work toward that goal," said Jarrod Holtsclaw, Greene County Prosecutor.
Court administrators entered not guilty pleas for both men but it's just beginning for these three families.
All had a different take on the day's proceedings.
Three families' lives changed forever
Buskirk's father appeared shaken after learning about his son's case.
"I'm devastated," Gilbert Buskirk said. "Anybody who knows Jordan knows he couldn't do this."
Crosley's family also appeared upset with the news.
"No comment and they have to prove it," a Crosley family member stated. "I think he was threatened."
Crosley and Buskirk arrived at the Greene County Courthouse for their initial hearing Friday morning.
Crosley rode in with his hands covering his face while Buskirk arrived in a vehicle with tinted windows.
"I'm so sorry. I am. I wish I could have stopped it. I wish I could've. I swear to God, if I would've known, I would've stopped it," Gilbert Buskirk said. "I am so sorry for their loss."
As for Wolfe's family -- perhaps the news was just too tough to handle. They did not appear in court to hear charges filed.
Social media outcry
A probable cause affidavit released to News 10 on Thursday detailed how Wolfe's murder occurred.
According to the document, a rope was used to strangle Wolfe in a rural area of Greene County after a night of smoking synthetic marijuana.
"Jordan Buskirk explained he [Jordan Buskirk] then took a rope, wrapped it around her neck, and choked her until after she stopped struggling," the document stated.
But a big question for many people Friday has been: if Jordan Buskirk admitted to police he killed Katelyn Wolfe, why was a ‘not guilty' plea entered on his behalf?
It's a question several people posted on our News 10 Facebook page. Legal experts say this gives lawyers and their clients time to discuss the case.
In 20 days the suspects can enter a new plea.
Both men are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape, and criminal confinement.
The pre-trial is scheduled for Aug. 5.
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