Suspect in slaying of Linton teen to plead guilty

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GREENE COUNTY – One of the men accused of killing a 19-year-old Linton woman plans to plead guilty to the charges against him.

As part of a plea deal, Jordan Buskirk, 26, will plead guilty to murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement in the death of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe. The Linton teen was reported missing on June 6. Her body was found days later in a rural lake; an autopsy showed she died of asphyxiation.

Buskirk was set to be tried in February, but the jury trial was canceled. The plea agreement was filed Tuesday, and a change of plea hearing is set for next week.

Randal Crosley, 25, is also charged in the case. He faces murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement in addition to two drug-related charges. His trial is scheduled for March.

Buskirk and Crosley are accused of killing Wolfe in June and fabricating a Facebook post that made it appear that the victim had written that someone was following her.

Buskirk told police that he and Crosley talked about a plan to rape and murder someone. They said Wolfe presented a target of opportunity. Police said the two had purchased condoms, handcuffs, restraint straps, a rope and a 20-pound weight.

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Jordan Buskirk (left) and Randal Crosley (right)