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

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Why is this case taking so long to get to trial?

Good question....
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This is one of those cases where I don’t understand the defense attorneys trying so hard to help a client. Do these defense attorneys really want these evil people free?
 

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YEA!! Finally a hearing!!

for Elwyn:

Filings
Docket# Doc Type Description Filing Date
174 Order ORDER - order assigning judge robert w. guy, jr. from the brunswick judicial circuit to hear recusal motion filed by defendant 02/16/2022

175 Order order by judge robert w. guy, jr. scheduling motion for recusal hearing for march 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. 02/24/2022 Lay, Karen


Events:
Event Type Event Desc. Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion for recusal of judge f. gates peed (10:30am) 03/10/2022 10:30 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - motions 16-24 (motion hearing cont'd) 11/05/2021 09:00 AM

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Elwyn update:

Docket# Document Type Description Filing Date Filer
177 Miscellaneous SUBPOENAPRINTED - subpoenaprinted - subpoena from atty. bell to jason e. bragg, clerk juvenile court for juvenile records 03/09/2022

178 Order order to allow wjcl 22 news to cover proceedings on 3/10/22 03/09/2022 Lay, Karen

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It's been awhile since I posted this - I'll shorten it up a bit. :)

Thursday, March 10th:

*Motions hearing (@ 10:30am 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 53) (“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.
Court info from 3/15/19 thru 10/19/21 reference post #294 here:
GA - Mary & Elwyn Crocker Jr, both 14, starved, beaten & buried, Effingham Cnty, 20 Dec 2018 Arrests

10/25/21 Update: Notice of hearing on 11/5/21 continued. No further dates. 11/12/21: #162: Miscellaneous: 10/1/21 hearing on motions 1 thru 15-original transcripts file by Kelly Claxton. 11/23/21: #163: Motion for additional disclosures from the Court pertaining to its role as Judge over James Crocker's juvenile proceeding filed by Samuel Wood. 12/1/21: #164: Order-2nd order granting extension of time for defendant to file recusal motion till 12/1/21. 12/6/21: #165: Order-amended 2nd order granting extension of time for defendant to file recusal motion by 12/20/21. 12/10/21: Order: Disclosure by the Court-Chief Judge F. Gates Peed filed by Hon. Lovett Bennett, Jr.
12/22/21: Motion #45: Defendant's motion to recuse Judge F. Gates Peed & notice of redactions filed by Jerily Bell. 1/4/22: #168: Order requesting judicial assignment to hear motion to recuse Judge F. Gates Peed. 1/5/22: #169: Order: Senior Judge appointment order filed by Hallie Rose. 1/6/22 #170: Order appointing Sr. Judge Michael L. Karpf to preside over motion to recuse. 1/11/22; #171: Order of appointment.
1/26/22: #172: State's motion response to defendant's motion to recuse Judge F. Gates Peed filed by Matthew Breedon. 2/11/22: Order of self recusal by Sr. Judge Karpf. 2/16/22: Order assigning Judge Robert W. Guy, Jr. from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit to hear recusal motion filed by defendant.
2/16/22: #175: Order assigning Judge Robert W. Guy, Jr. from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit to hear recusal motion field by defendant. #176: Motion hearing on 3/10/22 @ 10:30am. 3/9/22: #177: Subpoena from attorney Bell to Jason Bragg, Clerk Juvenile Court for juvenile records filed. #178: Order to allow WJCL22 News to cover proceedings on 3/10/22.
*Kimberly Renee Wright (50/now 52) (“step-grandma”) – Last was status conference hearing on 7/15/21. No update as of 3/10/22.
*Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31/now 33) (bro of Candice) – Last was status conference hearing on 7/15/21. No update as of 3/10/22.
*Roy Anthony Prater (55/now 57) (“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. Will testify against the other 3 defendants.
*Candice Heather Crocker (33/now 35) (“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.
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. In plea deal she must testify against the other 3 defendants.
 

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Outside Judge to Hear Arguments on Recusal of Judge in Crocker Case • The Georgia Virtue

March 9, 2022

Attorneys from both the defense and the state will make arguments Thursday on whether or not the judge in the Crocker case should be recused.

The issue stems from Superior Court Judge Gates Peed’s assignment to both a civil matter and a criminal case for Elwyn Crocker Sr. Crocker is facing the death penalty for the death of two of his biological children, among other things.


A lot more in article.
 

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No next court hearing date yet.

Elwyn:

Docket# Document Type Description Filing Date Filer
179 Order ORDER - order upon consideration of the accused request for access to specific hearing transcripts and judicial review of defense motion no 45, motion to recuse 03/10/2022

180 Proceeding PROCEEDING - request to use a recording device pursuant to rule 22 on recording of judicial proceedings by wjcl-tv 03/10/2022

181 Motion MOTION - request to use a recording device pursuant to rule 22 on recording of judicial proceedings 03/10/2022

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Here in California a case like this could easily take 5-7 years to come to trial and there could be literally hundreds of motions, hearings, and other filings. The court systems in many states are an absolute disaster. There needs to be some major reform of criminal procedure because this is absurd.
 
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