Charges filed in slaying of Linton teen

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LINTON – Formal charges have been filed against two men accused of killing a 19-year-old Linton woman.

Court documents released Thursday reveal that Jordan Buskirk, 26, and Randal Crosley, 26, talked for a week about forcing themselves on a stranger.

Buskirk told police that the plan was to rape and murder—and eventually led them to seek out 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe.

The two had purchased condoms, handcuffs, restraint straps, a rope and a 20-pound weight, investigators said.

Buskirk said Wolfe wasn’t their intended target, telling investigators that she presented an opportunity to carry out the plot. Court documents said the three smoked synthetic marijuana and Wolfe also took valium.

They initially planned on assaulting Wolfe sexually, but she fought back. Buskirk told police that he choked her with the rope.

Police said Buskirk and Crosley tried to cover their tracks and misled them about Wolfe’s disappearance. At one point, police said Crosley used the teen’s cellphone to send text messages and update her Facebook page.

Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell told Fox 59 News that Buskirk and Crosley were suspects early in the investigation.

“We believe that they knew what they were doing all along. We don’t believe it was an accidental type thing,” Jerrell said.

Buskirk told police that they killed Wolfe on June 6 and dumped her body in a rural Sullivan County lake. She was reported missing that afternoon. Her body was recovered four days later.

Buskirk and Crosley are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, rape and criminal confinement. They are being held without bond in the Greene County Jail.

Their initial court appearance is scheduled for Friday morning in Greene Superior Court in Bloomfield.

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