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

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  1. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Made some notes in my stuff. And this talks about trials - what about just court hearings?? You don't have to worry about jurors at these....

    And thank you for that info! :)
     
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    watcher9 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't found out about any hearings held or being scheduled yet.
    Maybe something will happen after the October 10th date to partially open the courts.
     
  3. watcher9

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    Maybe things are starting to open up.

    From PeachCourt site I was able to view a 10/2/2020 status hearing notice to Elwyn Crocker and signed by Judge Peed that a status hearing is scheduled for October 30 2020 at 9:00 am at Effingham Courthouse. Not able to link.

    Checked on the others thru PeachCourt-
    Kimberly Wright and Mark Wright are also scheduled for the same time.
    Candice Crocker was scheduled too but her date was amended back to October 15 2020 at 9:00 am.

    Surprised by this - Roy Anthony Prater (Wright's boyfriend) had entered a guilty plea on October 24 2019 but sentencing is delayed until all co-defendants' cases are completed. I looked back through the thread and did not see this. Maybe it is part of the gag order.

    Also for info are the case #s. I guess they were put under a new # because of the death penalty charge.

    Roy Prater 2019-SU-CR-82-P closed
    Candice Crocker 2019-SU-CR- 433
    Elwyn Crocker 2019-SU-CR- 434
    Kimberly Wright 2019-SU-CR-435
    Mark Wright 2019-SU-CR-436
     
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    Thanks a bunch @watcher9 !!! Finally some movement!
     
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    It’s hard to imagine how those angels could’ve been related to the monsters in the mug shots.
     
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    It seems she may have some disabilities herself. And maybe poverty. That causes a lot of inequities in court.
     
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    It's like all the actors in this nightmare of a play were doomed to play their parts. All the trauma and neglect seem to be generational. What a thing to hand down to your children. There's been studies on how trauma can affect your DNA and be passed down through generations. It's called epigenetics.

    Many people consider those who come from abject poverty or experience trauma, like our First Nations people here in Canada whose children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to residential schools can be prime examples of altered DNA due to trauma. It doesn't matter race, creed, economics, religion or colour, we are all susceptible.

    The good news is that positive experiences can reverse the harm. The problem is how do we do that when there are whole swaths of society affected by poverty, violence and drugs? It's a Herculean task.

    Traces of Genetic Trauma Can Be Tweaked

    The Epigenetics of Childhood Trauma
     
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    Yes, I'll be shortening this up a bit.... :)

    Thursday, October 15th:
    *Status hearing (@ 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) – *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.
    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.
    Only 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.
    *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.
    *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.

    *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.
    10/24/19 Update: Plead guilty. Sentencing delayed until all defendants’ cases are complete.
    Court info from 12/20/18 thru 2/19/20 reference post #200 here:
    GA - Mary & Elwyn Crocker Jr, both 14, starved, beaten & buried, Effingham Cnty, 20 Dec 2018 Arrests

    2/19/20 Update: 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.
    6/15/20 Update: Accordingly, the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., is further extended until Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. All Georgia courts shall continue to operate under the restrictions set forth in that Order as extended, with the following clarifications, modifications, and directions.
    7/12/20 Update: Georgia: Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., is further extended, effective Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., until Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
    8/18/20 Update: Georgia: Order Declaring statewide judicial emergency has been extended to Sept. 11, 2020. 9/10/20: On Thursday, Sept. 10, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the statewide judicial emergency declaration through Saturday, October 10.
    10/14/20 Update: Candice Crocker: Status hearing on 10/15/20 @ 9am; Elwyn Crocker, Kim Wright & Mark Wright: Status hearing on 10/30/20 @ 9am. Ray Prater plead guilty (on 10/24/19) & will be sentenced after other defendants cases are complete.
     
  9. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    @watcher9 - just wondering if there is another court hearing for Candice yet - or am I too early in asking?

    TIA! :)

    I have everyone else on 10/30 hearing.
     
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    I haven't seen any news yet about the status hearing for her that was scheduled to be held on Oct 15 (2 days ago). Nothing has been updated on PeachCourt either. I did notice that the transcript from one status hearing held on Dec 9 was not posted until Feb 24. Long lag here.

    Note, I will be only able to view the first page of any items on PeachCourt without charge.
    Also note that the Effingham Court website still shows the Covid Virus notice on it.
     
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    Thank you for checking @watcher9 ! It does seem that their court site is very slow in posting stuff. At least if the first page shows the next court dates - that would be good!
     
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    I thought they were slow, but I was wrong. WOW! I just checked PeachCourt on Candice to see if they had anything about the hearing on Oct 15 and found this. It must have been some kind of hearing! A week later this happened! Going back to check the other three. Their hearings are scheduled for Oct 30.

    Candice Crocker pleaded guilty on Oct 21 2020 and her case is now closed according to PeachCourt.com.
    Have not seen any MSM on this.

    1 16-5-1 Malice Murder 01/01/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    2 16-5-1 Malice Murder 01/01/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    3 16-5-1 Felony Murder 01/01/2018 Merged 10/21/2020
    4 16-5-1 Felony Murder 01/01/2018 Merged 10/21/2020
    5 16-6-22.2 Aggravated Sexual Battery 01/01/2018 Nolle Prosequi/Nolle Prossed - Restrict (Non-Criminal Justic 10/21/2020
    6 16-5-70(E)(1) Cruelty To Children - 1st Degree 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    7 16-5-70(E)(1) Cruelty To Children - 1st Degree 12/20/2018 Nolle Prosequi/Nolle Prossed - Restrict (Non-Criminal Justic 10/21/2020
    8 16-5-70(E)(1) Cruelty To Children - 1st Degree 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    9 16-5-70(E)(1) Cruelty To Children - 1st Degree 12/20/2018 Nolle Prosequi/Nolle Prossed - Restrict (Non-Criminal Justic 10/21/2020
    10 16-10-31 Concealing Death Of Another 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    11 16-10-31 Concealing Death Of Another 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    12 16-5-41 False Imprisonment 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020
    13 16-5-41 False Imprisonment 12/20/2018 Guilty Plea 10/21/2020

    75 Sentence Life Sentence - Life To Serve W/O Parole Credit Time Served Begin 12/20/2018 10/21/2020
    76 Sentence Time To Be Served Consecutive - Life To Serve C/S To Ct 1 W/O Parole 10/21/2020
    77 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 20 Years To Serve C/C Ct 1 10/21/2020
    78 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 20 Years To Serve C/C Ct 2 10/21/2020
    79 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 10 Years To Serve C/C Ct 1 10/21/2020
    80 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 10 Years To Serve 10/21/2020
    81 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 10 Years To Serve 10/21/2020
    82 Sentence Time To Be Served Concurrent - 10 Years To Serve 10/21/2020
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    The minimum sentence (in Georgia) for first offense of murder is life, with no parole eligibility for 25 years. Second offense of any of the “seven deadly sins” (including murder) gets life without possibility of parole.

    Sentences in Georgia — Pulaski Women’s Prison.
     
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    The other three cases are still open.
     
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    Thank you @watcher9 !

    Good! Now if the other 3 do the same - that would be excellent!
     
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    Friday, October 30th:
    *Status hearing for all (@ 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) – *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.
    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.
    *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.
    *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.
    *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.
    10/24/19 Update: Plead guilty. Sentencing delayed until all defendants’ cases are complete.
    *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.
    10/15/20 Update: Plead guilty to 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of cruelty to child, to 2 counts of concealing a death & 2 counts of false imprisonment. Rest of the charges were Nolle Prosequi (dismissed). Sentenced to life without parole & credit for time served (12/20/18 to 10/21/20) to be served concurrently.

    Court info from 12/20/18 thru 8/18/20 reference post #228 here:
    GA - Mary & Elwyn Crocker Jr, both 14, starved, beaten & buried, Effingham Cnty, 20 Dec 2018 Arrests

    10/14/20 Update: Candice Crocker: Status hearing on 10/15/20 @ 9am; Elwyn Crocker, Kim Wright & Mark Wright: Status hearing on 10/30/20 @ 9am. Ray Prater plead guilty (on 10/24/19) & will be sentenced after other defendants cases are complete.
    10/15/20 Update: Candice Crocker: Plead guilty to 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of cruelty to child, to 2 counts of concealing a death & 2 counts of false imprisonment. Rest of the charges were Nolle Posequi. Sentenced to life without parole & credit for time served (12/20/18 to 10/21/20) to be served concurrently.
     
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    These people are disgusting creatures. Moo
     
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    Today was the day for the hearing so I started searching.

    Found on PeachCourt.com that on Oct 3 the status hearing was amended to 11:00 am (from 9:00am) for Elwyn Crocker, 10:00am for Kimberly Wright and 1:00pm for Mark Wright.

    Also, found that the local channel 3 (WSAV) had requested for a still or video camera in the courtroom and Judge Peed agreed to it with the stipulation that only one photographer and one camera will be allowed and there would be no live streaming. It was further stipulated that any picture/video would be shared with other media persons present at the hearing. Could not access the second page of the order if there was anything else.

    There are no tv stations in Effingham County, but the three in Chatham County (adjoining county) are considered local channels, WSAV, WTOC, WJCL. Effingham Herald is the local paper (twice a week) and Savannah Morning News (daily) from Chatham County.

    Hopefully, news will be forthcoming more easily now but no updates yet.
     
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    In addition to the Candice plea deal, this article includes the Roy Prater plea deal.
    He has not been sentenced yet.
    Also, the attorneys for all three have agreed to a date of Feb 1 2021 to begin filing motions.


    'Each set of attorneys defending Kim Wright, Mark Anthony Wright and Elwyn Crocker Sr., respectively, agreed in court February 1 of next year will be when a first round of preliminary motions will be filed. No word on when a trial date could be set.

    Right now, public defenders are going through the discovery process. That means they are looking at evidence handed over by the state.

    The state is waiting on three more pieces of evidence undergoing DNA analysis right now.'

    One suspect in Crocker case pleads guilty
     
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    So - @watcher9 - next hearing - from what I understand - will be 2/1/21 for Preliminary Motions hearing. or not?

    TIA! [​IMG]
     
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