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GREENE COUNTY (Dec. 3, 2013) – One of the men accused of seeking out and murdering a Linton teenager in June pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.

Jordan Buskirk, 26, Jasonville, appeared in front of a judge to plead guilty to murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement. He’s accused of killing 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe, a Linton teenager who disappeared in June. Her remains were found days later in a rural lake, and investigators said she died from asphyxiation.

According to the Greene County Daily World, Buskirk admitted to each of the four counts during the hearing and told the court that he and Randal Crosley, the other man charged in the case, planned to seek out a person to rape and kill. Police said the two had purchased condoms, handcuffs, restraint straps, a rope and a 20-pound weight as part of the plan.

Buskirk’s plea agreement has been taken under advisement, and he’s cooperating with the investigation. His trial was originally set for February but was canceled because of the plea deal.

He’s expected to testify against Crosley, whose trial is scheduled to start in May. Buskirk’s sentencing will be delayed until after he testifies in Crosley’s trial.

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Jordan Buskirk (left) and Randal Crosley (right)