Father of man accused of murdering Linton teen speaks out

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LINTON, Ind.—The two men accused of murdering a Linton, Ind. teenager appeared in court Friday morning.

Inside the courtroom, suspects Jordan Buskirk, 26, and Randal Crosley, 25, were emotionless, but in the halls of the Greene County Courthouse, the emotions of friends and family of both men were reeling.

Both men face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement in the death of 19-year-old Katelyn Wolfe of Linton, whose body was pulled from a Sullivan County lake on Monday.

Court documents revealed Buskirk told police that he and Crosley had conversations about “forcing themselves onto a complete stranger” and killing her for at least a week and that he and Crosley traveled to Terre Haute to purchase condoms, handcuffs, position restraint straps, a rope and a 20-pound weight.

Their alleged victim: Wolfe. Police said the men picked Wolfe up around 1 a.m. on June 6 and the three drove around doing drugs before things turned violent.

In court documents released Thursday, Buskirk told police they bound her with duct tape, and then he allegedly admitted to strangling her with a rope after she fought off sexual advances.

After the murder, the two reportedly sent text messages from her phone, even updating her status on Facebook. Buskirk told investigators he and Crosley then tied a 20-pound weight to Katelyn’s body, dragged her down a hill and threw her into the lake.

Buskirk’s father said he never though his son would do such a thing.

“I would never thought so,” said Gilbert Buskirk outside the courtroom Friday. “Anybody who knows Jordan knows he couldn’t do this.”

Buskirk said he doesn’t know Wolfe or her family, but apologizes for their loss.

“I am so sorry. I am. I wish he could have stopped it,” said Gilbert Buskirk. “I wish I could have. I swear to God, if I would have known, I would have stopped it. I am so sorry for their loss.”

Buskirk and Crosley both face a maximum sentence of 140 years and a $40,000 fine if convicted. Crosley also faces additional time and money for two counts of dealing a controlled substance.

Both men are due back in court August 5.

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