GA - Mary & Elwyn Crocker Jr, both 14, starved, beaten & buried, Effingham Cnty, 20 Dec 2018 Arrests

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  1. Iwatchingeye

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    This case infuriates me for so many reasons.
     
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    Going to post this now....

    Sometime in Late January (or early February):
    *Pretrial hearings for all (@ 9am ET) - GA – Mary Crocker (14) & Elwyn Crocker, Jr. (‘JR’) (14) (Mary died Oct. 18, 2018, Elwyn died about Nov. 30, 2016 & both discovered Dec. 20, 2018 buried in backyard, Guyton) - *Elwyn John Crocker, Sr. (50) (“father”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    3/5/19: Preliminary hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s & JR’s death. See below for rest of info.
    *Candice Heather Crocker (33) (“step-mom”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another, 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children & 3 counts of drug possession. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    10/3/19: Candice Crocker has been ordered to undergo a mental health examination. See below for rest of info.
    *Kimberly Renee Wright (50) (“step-grandma”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    10/3/19: Kim Wright filed in May for a change of venue for her trial. Court documents show Wright is requesting a location similar to Effingham County. The judge has not ruled on the request. See below for rest info.
    *Roy Anthony Prater (55) (“step-grandma’s BF”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with felony murder (Mary’s death), 1st degree concealing the death of another, 1st degree cruelty to children, 3 counts possession of a controlled substance & 2 counts of Manufacture/Deliver/Distribute/Possess controlled substances. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    *Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31) (bro of Candice) arrested (1/8/19), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 1 count of felony murder (Mary’s death) & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    3/5/19: Mark: Bond hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s death.
    6/11/19 Update: Appeared in court to have bond reduced-denied. See below for rest info.
    Wright — a brother of Elwyn Sr.'s wife, Candice overheard a family discussion about Mary's death and called an aunt, who tipped off authorities. Judge F. Gates Peed has also imposed a gag order prohibiting attorneys and investigators from discussing the case outside court.
    12/20/18: Welfare check & possible missing juvenile discovered bodies. Mary was last seen Oct. 2018 & Elwyn (JR) died about Nov. 30, 2016. Neither had been official reported missing.
    3/12/18 Judge imposes gag order. All were indicted for Mary’s murder. Elwyn, Candice & Kimberly Wright were also indicted for Elwyn JR’s death. All have Arraignment hearings in April 17. 4/17/19: All plead not guilty. Next pretrial hearing for all on 8/6/19.

    12/18/19 Update: The superior court clerk says a second chair public defender still has to be found for the accused, and that she doesn’t anticipate another hearing on the case until late January, early February at the earliest.
     
  3. watcher9

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    Bumping to search again. No updates found.
    Niner, could you add this court number to your court update posts so it would be easier to find?

    ETA - To clarify, first I try the Effingham County Superior Court Clerk records. Then I throw the court number out on the web and see what pops up. That's how I found some PDF files where some of the case dates were shown.
     
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  4. Niner

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    Okay - I do have it in my notes - so I shall leave it on there! :)
     
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    A bit late on this.... and update in red at the bottom

    Tuesday, February 4th:
    *Pretrial hearings (@ 9am ET) - GA – Mary Crocker (14) & Elwyn Crocker, Jr. (‘JR’) (14) (Mary died Oct. 18, 2018, Elwyn died about Nov. 30, 2016 & both discovered Dec. 20, 2018 buried in backyard, Guyton) - for *Elwyn John Crocker, Sr. (50) (“father”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    3/5/19: Preliminary hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s & JR’s death. See below for rest of info.
    for *Candice Heather Crocker (33) (“step-mom”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another, 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children & 3 counts of drug possession. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    10/3/19: Candice Crocker has been ordered to undergo a mental health examination. See below for rest of info.
    for *Kimberly Renee Wright (50) (“step-grandma”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    10/3/19: Kim Wright filed in May for a change of venue for her trial. Court documents show Wright is requesting a location similar to Effingham County. The judge has not ruled on the request. See below for rest info.
    *Roy Anthony Prater (55) (“step-grandma’s BF”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with felony murder (Mary’s death), 1st degree concealing the death of another, 1st degree cruelty to children, 3 counts possession of a controlled substance & 2 counts of Manufacture/Deliver/Distribute/Possess controlled substances. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    for *Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31) (bro of Candice) arrested (1/8/19), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 1 count of felony murder (Mary’s death) & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    3/5/19: Bond hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s death.
    6/11/19 Update: Appeared in court to have bond reduced-denied. See below for rest info.
    Wright — a brother of Elwyn Sr.'s wife, Candice overheard a family discussion about Mary's death and called an aunt, who tipped off authorities. Judge F. Gates Peed has also imposed a gag order prohibiting attorneys and investigators from discussing the case outside court.
    12/20/18: Welfare check & possible missing juvenile discovered bodies. Mary was last seen Oct. 2018 & Elwyn (JR) died about Nov. 30, 2016. Neither had been official reported missing.
    3/12/18 Judge imposes gag order. All were indicted for Mary’s murder. Elwyn, Candice & Kimberly Wright were also indicted for Elwyn JR’s death. All have Arraignment hearings in April 17. 4/17/19: All plead not guilty. Next pretrial hearing for all on 8/6.
    12/18/19 Update: The superior court clerk says a second chair public defender still has to be found for the accused, and that she doesn’t anticipate another hearing on the case until Feb. 4th.
    2/4/20 Update: Elwyn Crocker, Sr., Candice Crocker, Kimberly Wright, and Mark Wright went before Judge F. Gates. Tuesday's defendants will be back in court for arraignment Feb. 19. A fifth suspect, Roy Prater is also charged in the case of one of the children's death.
     
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    Crocker defendants to be arraigned Feb. 19

    The five people who are indicted in the deaths of two teenagers whose bodies were found buried behind their house in the Guyton area in December 2018 will be arraigned on Feb. 19.
     
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    Death penalty sought in Crocker case

    Updated: Feb. 7, 2020, 11:19 a.m.
    According to an ajc.com report, prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to seek the death penalty for those charged in the deaths of Mary Crocker and her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr. The state capitol defender’s office confirmed the report Thursday.
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    The defendants facing murder charges and the death penalty are the children’s father, Elwyn Crocker Sr., his wife, Candice Crocker, Candice Crocker’s mother, Kim Wright, and Candice Crocker’s brother, Tony Wright. All pleaded not guilty and are set to appear for an arraignment hearing Feb. 19.

    Kim Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Prater, also has been charged with murder but prosecutors haven’t filed a notice to seek the death penalty in that case.
     
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    This case is like a horror movie, what these vile vile creatures did to those beautiful children. They are pure evil.
     
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    Wednesday, February 19th:
    *Arraignment hearings for all (except Prater) (@ 9am ET) - GA – Mary Frances Crocker (14) & Elwyn John Crocker, Jr. (‘JR’) (14) (Mary died Oct. 18, 2018, Elwyn died about Nov. 30, 2016 & both discovered Dec. 20, 2018 buried in backyard, Guyton) – for *Elwyn John Crocker, Sr. (50) (“father”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond. DA will seek DP. Effingham County for all #2019-SU-CR-82-P
    3/5/19: Preliminary hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s & JR’s death. See below for rest of info.
    For *Candice Heather Crocker (33) (“step-mom”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another, 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children & 3 counts of drug possession. Plead not guilty. No bond. DA will seek DP.
    10/3/19: Candice Crocker has been ordered to undergo a mental health examination. See below for rest of info.
    For *Kimberly Renee Wright (50) (“step-grandma”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of 1st degree concealing the death of another & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond. DA will seek DP.
    10/3/19: Kim Wright filed in May for a change of venue for her trial. Court documents show Wright is requesting a location similar to Effingham County. The judge has not ruled on the request. See below for rest info.
    *Roy Anthony Prater (55) (“step-grandma’s BF”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 1 count of felony murder (Mary’s death), 1st degree concealing the death of another, 1st degree cruelty to children, 3 counts possession of a controlled substance & 2 counts of Manufacture/Deliver/Distribute/Possess controlled substances. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    For *Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31) (bro of Candice) arrested (1/8/19), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 1 count of felony murder (Mary’s death) & 2 counts of 1st degree cruelty to children. Plead not guilty. No bond. DA will seek DP.
    3/5/19: Bond hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s death.
    6/11/19 Update: Appeared in court to have bond reduced-denied. See below for rest info.
    Wright — a brother of Elwyn Sr.'s wife, Candice overheard a family discussion about Mary's death and called an aunt, who tipped off authorities. Judge F. Gates Peed has also imposed a gag order prohibiting attorneys and investigators from discussing the case outside court.
    12/20/18: Welfare check & possible missing juvenile discovered bodies. Mary was last seen Oct. 2018 & Elwyn (JR) died about Nov. 30, 2016. Neither had been official reported missing.
    3/12/18 Update: Judge imposes gag order. All were indicted for Mary’s murder. Elwyn, Candice & Kimberly Wright were also indicted for Elwyn JR’s death. All have Arraignment hearings in April 17. 4/17/19: All plead not guilty. Next pretrial hearing for all on 8/6.
    12/18/19 Update: The superior court clerk says a second chair public defender still has to be found for the accused, and that she doesn’t anticipate another hearing on the case until Feb. 4th.
    2/4/20 Update: Elwyn Crocker, Sr., Candice Crocker, Kimberly Wright, and Mark Wright went before Judge F. Gates. Tuesday's defendants except Prater will be back in court for arraignment Feb. 19. A fifth suspect, Roy Prater is also charged in the case of one of the children's death. 2/6/20: DA will seek death penalty for everyone except Prater.
     
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    From the article above (post #193)


    Elwyn Crocker, Candice Crocker, and Kim Wright face 13 counts each. The state charged them with two counts of malice murder and two counts of felony murder for the deaths of Elwyn Crocker, Jr. and Mary Crocker. They also face an additional count of sexual battery, four counts of cruelty to children, two counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of concealing a death. All plead not guilty.

    Mark Anthony Wright, the son of Kim Wright, faces eight counts, including malice murder and felony murder in Mary’s death, one count of sexual battery, two counts of cruelty to children, two counts of concealing a death, and one count of false imprisonment. Wright is charged with only Mary Crocker’s death. He is only charged with concealing Elwyn Crocker’s death, who investigators believe died in October or November of 2016. Plead not guilty.

    The defendants re-entered their pleas Tuesday because the state decided to pursue the death penalty against these four defendants The next hearing is set for April 8th.
     
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    @watcher9 - just wondering if the hearing on 4/8 has been cancelled or maybe video teleconference?
    Case #2019-SU-CR-82-P Effingham County

    TIA! [​IMG]
     
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    Haven't seen any news but suspect everything is on hold because of the virus.
    This alert was on the Effingham County website. I expect the suspension will be extended through the month of April at the earliest. The Peachcourt site mentioned in the alert has not been updated since January. We already know the results of the February hearing. Because of the gag order, the local news outlets is probably our best bet for any breaking news.

    Posted on: March 16, 2020
    CORVID19 VIRUS Announcement
    Pursuant to an Order Declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency by Hon. Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, all Court hearings are hereby suspended until further notice or about April 13, 2020. Only emergency judicial proceedings will be heard on a case by case basis. Please utilize our E-Filing system through Peachcourt to assist you in filing pleadings.

    Effingham County, GA
     
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    Thanks for checking @watcher9 - much appreciated. I'll make a note of the virus announcement in my notes.
     
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    Looks like the suspension has already been extended to May 13.
    Posted by gngr-snap on Coronavirus - GA thread.

    Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton Monday extended the statewide judicial emergency in effect because of the coronavirus pandemic until May 13.

    Georgia Chief Justice Melton extends judicial emergency
     
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    Posting this so I can shorten it up a bit...

    *Pretrial hearings for all (except Prater)-SUSPENDED! (@ 9am ET) - GA – Mary Frances Crocker (14) & Elwyn John Crocker, Jr. (‘JR’) (14) (Mary died Oct. 18, 2018, Elwyn died about Nov. 30, 2016 & both discovered Dec. 20, 2018 buried in backyard, Guyton) – for *Elwyn John Crocker, Sr. (50/now 51) (“father”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) & re-arraigned (2/19/20) with 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder for the deaths of Elwyn, Jr. & Mary, 1 count of sexual battery, 4 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of false imprisonment & 2 counts of concealing a death. Plead not guilty (2/19/20). No bond. DA will seek DP. Effingham County for all #2019-SU-CR-82-P
    3/5/19: Preliminary hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s & JR’s death. See below for rest of info.
    For *Candice Heather Crocker (33/now 34) (“step-mom”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) & re-arraigned (2/19/20) with 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder for the deaths of Elwyn, Jr. & Mary, 1 count of sexual battery, 4 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of false imprisonment & 2 counts of concealing a death. Plead not guilty (2/19/20). No bond. DA will seek DP.
    10/3/19: Candice Crocker has been ordered to undergo a mental health examination. See below for rest of info.
    For *Kimberly Renee Wright (50/now 51) (“step-grandma”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) & re-arraigned (2/19/20) with 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder for the deaths of Elwyn, Jr. & Mary, 1 count of sexual battery, 4 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of false imprisonment & 2 counts of concealing a death. Plead not guilty (2/19/20). No bond. DA will seek DP.
    10/3/19: Kim Wright filed in May for a change of venue for her trial. Court documents show Wright is requesting a location similar to Effingham County. The judge has not ruled on the request. See below for rest info.
    *Roy Anthony Prater (55/now 56) (“step-grandma’s BF”) arrested (12/20/18), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/18/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) with 1 count of felony murder (Mary’s death), 1st degree concealing the death of another, 1st degree cruelty to children, 3 counts possession of a controlled substance & 2 counts of manufacture, deliver, distribute & possession controlled substances. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    For *Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31/now 32) (bro of Candice) arrested (1/8/19), charged (1/29/19), indicted (3/12/19) & arraigned (4/17/19) & re-arraigned (2/19/20) with malice murder & felony murder in Mary’s death, 1 count of sexual battery, 2 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of concealing a death (Mary & Elwyn) & 1 count of false imprisonment. No bond. DA will seek DP.
    Wright is brother of Elwyn Sr.'s wife, Candice & overheard a family discussion about Mary's death & called an aunt, who tipped off authorities. Judge F. Gates Peed has also imposed a gag order prohibiting attorneys and investigators from discussing the case outside court.
    3/5/19: Wright: Bond hearing. Case will now go to the Grand Jury. 3/12/19: Indicted for Mary’s death. 6/11/19: Appeared in court to have bond reduced-denied. See below for rest info.
    Court info from 12/20/18 thru 2/4/20 reference post #191 here:
    GA - Mary & Elwyn Crocker Jr, both 14, starved, beaten & buried, Effingham Cnty, 20 Dec 2018 Arrests

    2/19/20 Update: Elwyn Crocker, Candice Crocker & Kim Wright face 13 counts each. The state charged them with 2 counts of malice murder and 2 counts of felony murder for the deaths of Elwyn, Jr. & Mary. They also face an additional count of sexual battery, 4 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of false imprisonment & 2 counts of concealing a death. All plead not guilty. Mark Anthony Wright, the son of Kim Wright, faces eight counts, including malice murder & felony murder in Mary’s death, 2 counts of sexual battery, 2 counts of cruelty to children, 2 counts of concealing a death & 1 count of false imprisonment. Wright is charged with only Mary’s death. He is only charged with concealing Elwyn Jr.’s death, who investigators believe died in October or November of 2016. Plead not guilty. The defendants re-entered their pleas Tuesday because the state decided to pursue the death penalty against these four defendants. The next hearing is set for April 8th. Effingham County Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed decided that he would allow a video camera in the courtroom but noted he could change that decision at any time.
    CORVID19 VIRUS Announcement: Pursuant to an Order Declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency by Hon. Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, all Court hearings are hereby suspended until further notice or about May 13, 2020. Only emergency judicial proceedings will be heard on a case by case basis.
     
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