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

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Mark:

Filings
Docket# Document Type Description Filing Date Filer
229 Proceeding PROCEEDING - clerks response to grand jury array and grand jury composition 08/12/2022

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Elwyn:

Filings
Docket# Document Type Description Filing Date Filer
231 Motion motion #40 reserving right to file additional motions 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

232 Miscellaneous originaltranscript - original transcript on 6/10/22 hearing on motions 16-30, chief judge f. gates peed presiding 08/11/2022 Claxton, Kelly

233 Motion motion # 49 - motion for in camera evidentiary hearings 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

234 Motion motion #50 - motion for closed hearing on motion on in camera hearings 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

235 Motion motion #51 - motion for disclosure of dob's and ssn's of state witnesses
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

236 Motion motion #52 - motion to bar the death penalty on disproportionality grounds
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

237 Motion motion #53 - motion to bar the death penalty on grounds of victim status
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

238 motion motion #54 - motion to preclude inconsistent theories of guilt in separate trials
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

239 Motion motion #55 - motion for change of venue 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

240 Motion motion #56 - motion for separate hearing on change of venue 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

241 Motion motion #57 - motion for search warrants and affidavits 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

242 Motion motion #58 - motion for mental health records and appt. of special master
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

243 Motion motion #59 - motion to suppress 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

244 Motion motion #60 - motion to suppress statements and for pretrial jackson-denno hearing
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

245 Motion motion #61 - motion to suppress elwyn crockere's statements and motion for an order excluding involuntary admissions and confessions 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

246 Motion motiion #62 - motion to suppress arrest warrants and fruits of an unconstitutional arrest
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

247 Motion motion #63- motion to dismiss death penalty due to the failure, in practice of existing deathpenalty procedures to meet theminimum constitutional requirements set forther in furman, gregg, and their progeny and requeest for evidentiary hearing 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

248 Motion motion #64 - motion to dismiss death penalty due to evolving standards of decency
08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

249 Proceeding defendant's updated motions index as of 8/11/12 08/11/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

250 Event motion hearing - oral arguments before judge peed (kelly claxton,reporter) on motions #31- #40 08/12/2022

251 Order ORDER - media order for wtoc-tv at hearing 8/12/22 08/12/2022

252 Affidavit AFFIDAVIT - affidavit of jason e. bragg 08/12/2022

253 Motion motion #64- state's response to defendant's motion number 64 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew

254 Motion motion #4 -state's response to defendant's motion number 4 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew

255 Motion motion #52 - state's response to defendant's motion number 52 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew

256 Motion motion #53 - state's response to defendant's motion number 53 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew

257 Motion motion # 49- state's response to defendant's motion number 49 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew

258 Motion motion #50 - state's response to defendant's motion number 50 08/12/2022 Breedon, Matthew



Event Type Event Description Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - notice of joint hearing with similarly situated capital defendants 10/28/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - hearing on motions #36, #49-#64 09/16/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - motions 31-40 hearing 08/12/2022 10:00 AM

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Additional hearing for all.

Elwyn - docket update:

Filings
Doc# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
259 Order Seventh scheduling order and notice of joint hearing with similarly situated capital defendants 08/15/2022 Welch, John

260 Order eight scheduling order and notice of hearing for 9/16/22 08/15/2022 Welch, John

261 Motion motion #51 - state's response to defendant's motion for an order directing the state to provide dates of birth and social security numbers of all state's witnesses 08/15/2022 Breedon, Matthew

262 Motion motion #57 - state's response to defendant's motion for signed and executed judicially authorized search warrants and associated inventories 08/15/2022 Breedon, Matthew

263 Motion motion #56 - state's response to defendant's motion for separate evidentiary hearing on change of venue motions 08/15/2022 Breedon, Matthew

264 Motion motion #63 - state's response to defendant's motion to dismiss the death penalty due to the failure, in practice, or existing deathpenalty procedures to meet the minimum constitutional requirements set forth in furman, gregg and their progeny and rquest for evidentiary hearing 08/16/2022 Breedon, Matthew

265 Motion motion #58 - state's response to defendant's motion number 58 08/18/2022 Breedon, Matthew


Hearings:
Event Type Event Description Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion hearing on "dna results" 10/28/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - hearing on challenges to grand jury composition 10/27/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - hearing on motions #36, #49 - #64 09/16/2022 10:00 AM

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Kim - docket update:

Filings
Doc# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
272 Order fourth scheduling order and notice of joint hearing with similarly situated capital defendants
08/15/2022 Welch, John

Hearings:
Event Type Event Description Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion hearing "dna results" 10/28/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion on challenges to grand jury composition 10/27/2022 10:00 AM

link: Document Access and Electronic Filing



Mark - docket update:

Filings
Doc# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
230 Order fourth scheduling order and notice of joint hearing with similarly situated capital defendants
08/15/2022 Welch, John

Hearings:
Event Type Event Description Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion hearing on "dna results" 10/28/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion on grand jury composition 10/27/2022 10:00 AM

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Docket updates:

Elwyn:

Docket# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
266 Motion motion #55 - state's response to defendant's motion for change of venue 08/19/2022
Breedon, Matthew

267 Motion motion #59 - state's motion to dismiss defendant's motion to suppress 08/26/2022
Breedon, Matthew

268 Proceeding PROCEEDING - certificate of service as to requested discovery to the defense and state furnished today by clerk, jason e. bragg via thumb drive 08/31/2022

269 Proceeding PROCEEDING - notice of experts for joint hearings (jeffrey martin for jury challengere and tiffany ross for dna litigation) 08/31/2022

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Kim:

Docket# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
273 Proceeding PROCEEDING - e-mail/letter to file in regards to setting down motions 1.24, 2.5 and 2.6 for oct. 27-28th 09/01/2022

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Mark:

Docket# Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
231 Proceeding PROCEEDING - efiled/letter setting down hearing for motions 24 and 40 for oct. 27-28th
09/01/2022


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Docket updates:

Elwyn:

Docket # Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
270 Notice notice of additional expert for joint hearings 09/06/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

271 Proceeding suppl special demurrer by defense 09/08/2022 Bell, Jerilyn

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Kim:

Docket # Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
274 Proceeding PROCEEDING - notice of expert witness from atty's bell, sincox, and studelska 09/06/2022

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Mark:

Docket # Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
232 Proceeding PROCEEDING - letter to file in regards to expert witness by atty's bell, sincox, and studelska 09/06/2022


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Do you all who are following this case - want to me to keep up with this case?


Sept. 12, 2022
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s been nearly four years since law enforcement found the bodies of Mary and Elwyn Jr. Crocker buried in their own backyard. As the capital murder case against their father and multiple family members continues, WTOC Investigates has learned about new court action involving the Crocker children.

A legal petition pending in the Effingham County Probate Court could pave the way for a wrongful death lawsuit against the social workers who did not investigate child abuse claims.

Legal arguments are expected on Wednesday during a scheduled hearing in the case.

The probate case began in March of this year when an Effingham County resident named Sophia Pfohl petitioned the court for the letters of administrator over the estates Mary and Elwin Jr., according to the probate court filing. Usually, an estate is created when someone dies without a will.
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Savannah-based attorney Brent Savage, Sr., who represent Pfohl, laid out their intentions in an Aug. 23 filing in the probate court cases.

If named the administrator, Pfohl intends to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against individual state case workers with the Effingham County Department of Family and Children Services, also known as DFCS. The allegations stem from a 2017 child abuse claim involving Elwyn Jr.
 

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Do you all who are following this case - want to me to keep up with this case?


Sept. 12, 2022
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s been nearly four years since law enforcement found the bodies of Mary and Elwyn Jr. Crocker buried in their own backyard. As the capital murder case against their father and multiple family members continues, WTOC Investigates has learned about new court action involving the Crocker children.

A legal petition pending in the Effingham County Probate Court could pave the way for a wrongful death lawsuit against the social workers who did not investigate child abuse claims.

Legal arguments are expected on Wednesday during a scheduled hearing in the case.

The probate case began in March of this year when an Effingham County resident named Sophia Pfohl petitioned the court for the letters of administrator over the estates Mary and Elwin Jr., according to the probate court filing. Usually, an estate is created when someone dies without a will.
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Savannah-based attorney Brent Savage, Sr., who represent Pfohl, laid out their intentions in an Aug. 23 filing in the probate court cases.

If named the administrator, Pfohl intends to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against individual state case workers with the Effingham County Department of Family and Children Services, also known as DFCS. The allegations stem from a 2017 child abuse claim involving Elwyn Jr.
I'm thinking NO on this probate case and potential lawsuit. I don't see the need to follow the blow by blow hearings and proceedings. It could get dismissed or continue on for years. We can keep up with it through posted news articles for now.
 

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probate case -

Attorneys representing the woman asking to become the administrator for the estates of the Crocker children went into the Effingham County Courthouse around Wednesday around 10 a.m. They came out just before noon.
But WTOC doesn’t know what happened inside or what’s next because of an order from Effingham County Probate Court Judge Beth Rahn Mosley to close the courtroom.
Video included in link.

 

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Docket update:

Elwyn:

Docket # Doc Type Description Filing Date Filer
272 Motion motion for continuance of hearing on specific suppression motions (#59,60,61,62)
09/13/2022 Wood, Samuel Carlos

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It has been awhile since he was last in court - so will shorten this up a bit.

Friday, Sept. 16th:
*Motions hearing (@ 10am 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 7/25/22 reference post #339 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...ngham-cnty-20-dec-2018-arrests.406245/page-17

8/4/22: Notice (#223) State's substitution of counsel for the State of Georgia. 8/5/22: Notice (#224) State's Motion #1: Notice to admit co-conspirator statements. Motion (#225): State's Motion #2: Motion in Limine to admit the internet searches of Mark Wright. Motion #(226): State's Motion #3: Motion to admit evidence under Rule 414. Notice (#227) State's Notice of intent to admit child hearsay. Notice (#228): State's Motion #5: Notice of intent to admit business records. Motion (#229): State's Motion #6: to admit evidence & to use an audio visual presentation. Proceeding (#230): Index of State's Motions 1-6 all filed by Matthew Breedon. Motions hearing re motions #31 to 40 on 8/12/22.
8/11/22: Motion (#231) Motion #40 reserving right to file additional motions filed by attorney Samuel Wood. Misc. (#232) Original transcript on 6/10/22 hearing on Motions 16-30, Chief Judge f. Gates Peed presiding filed by Kelly Claxton. Motion (#233) Motion #49 for in camera evidentiary hearings 8/11/22. Motion (#234) Motion #50 for closed hearing on motion on in camera hearings 8/11/22. Motion (#235) for disclosure of DOB's & SSN's of state witnesses. Motion (#236) Motion #52 to bar the death penalty on disproportionality grounds. Motion (#237) Motion #53 to bar the death penalty on grounds of victim status. Motion (#238) Motion #54 to preclude inconsistent theories of guilt in separate trials. Motion (#239) Motion #55 for change of venue. Motion (#240) Motion #56 for separate hearing on change of venue 8/11/22. Motion (#241) Motion for search warrants & affidavits. Motion (#242) Motion #58 for mental health records & appt. of special master. Motion (#243) Motion #59 to suppress. Motion (#244) Motion #60 to suppress statements & for pretrial Jackson-Denno hearing. Motion (#245) Motion #61 to suppress Elwyn Crocker's statements & motion for an order excluding involuntary admissions & confessions. Motion (#246) Motion #62 to suppress arrest warrants & fruits of an unconstitutional arrest. Motion (#247) Motion #63 to dismiss death penalty due to the failure, in practice of existing death penalty procedures to meet the minimum constitutional requirements set forth in Furman, Gregg & their progeny & request for evidentiary hearing. Motion (#248) Motion #64 to dismiss death penalty due to evolving standards of decency. Proceeding (#249) Defendant's updated motions index as of 8/11/22. 8/12/22: Event (#250) Motion hearing - oral arguments before Judge Peed on motions #31- #40. Order (#251) media order for WTOC-TV at hearing 8/12/22. Affidavit (#252) for Jason E. Bragg. Motion (#253) Motion #64 State's response to defendant's motion #64. Motion (#254) Motion #4 State's response to defendant's motion #4. Motion (#255) Motion #52 State's response to defendant's motion #52. Motion (#256) Motion #53 State's response to defendant's motion #53. Motion (#257) Motion #49 State's response to defendant's motion #49. Motion (#258) Motion #50 State's response to defendant's motion #50. Next Motions hearing on 9/16/22 on Motions #36 & #49-#64. And joint motions hearing on 10/28/22 @ 10am.
8/15/22: Order (#259): Seventh scheduling order & notice of joint hearing with similarly situated capital defendants. Order (#260):Eeight scheduling order & notice of hearing for 9/16/22. Motion (#261): Motion #51: State's response to defendant's motion for an order directing the State to provide dates of birth & social security numbers of all state's witnesses. Motion (#262): Motion #57: State's response to defendant's motion for signed & executed judicially authorized search warrants & associated inventories. Motion (#263): Motion #56: State's response to defendant's motion for separate evidentiary hearing on change of venue motions. 8/16/22: Motion (#264): Motion #63: State's response to defendant's motion to dismiss the death penalty due to the failure, in practice, or existing death penalty procedures to meet the minimum constitutional requirements set forth in Furman, Gregg & their progeny & rquest for evidentiary hearing. Motion (#265): Motion #58: State's response to defendant's Motion #58. Hearing on Motions #36, #49-#64 on 9/16/22, hearing on challenges to Grand Jury composition on 10/27/22 @ 10am & Motions hearing on "DNA results" on 10/28/22 @ 10am.
8/19/22: Motion (#266): Motion #55: State's response to defendant's motion for change of venue. 8/26/22: Motion (#267): Motion #59: State's motion to dismiss defendant's motion to suppress. 8/31/22: Proceeding (#268): Certificate of service as to requested discovery to the defense & State furnished today by clerk, Jason E. Bragg via thumb drive. Proceeding (#269): Notice of experts for joint hearings (Jeffrey Martin for jury challengere & Tiffany Ross for DNA litigation. 9/6/22: Notice (#270): Notice of additional expert for joint hearings filed by Samuel Wood. 9/8/22: Proceeding (#271): Supplement special demurrer by defense filed by Jerilyn Bell. 9/13/22: Motion (#272): Motion for continuance of hearing on specific suppression motions (#59, 60, 61 & 62) filed by Samuel Wood.
*Kimberly Renee Wright (50/now 53) (“step-grandma”) – Motions conference hearing on 10/27/22 & 10/28/22.
*Mark Anthony “Tony” Wright (31/now 34) (bro of Candice) – Motions conference hearing on 10/27/22 & 10/28/22.
*Roy Anthony Prater (55/now 58) (“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 36) (“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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Elwyn - no update yet on what happened in hearing. I'll catch that later.

Event Type Event Description Court Date
Calendar criminal motion calendar - motion hearing on "dna results" 10/28/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - hearing on motions #25, 27 10/27/2022 10:00 AM

Calendar criminal motion calendar - hearing on motions #36, #49 - #64 09/16/2022 10:00 AM

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and Kim & Mark on 10/27/22 also.
 

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Sept. 16, 2022

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Almost four years ago, Mary and Elwyn Crocker Jr. were found dead in their backyard in Effingham County.

Their father, a defendant in the case, was in court Friday as a judge heard pre-trial motions. The court addressed more than a dozen pre-trial motions by the defense in the case against Elwyn Crocker Sr.

During the pre-trial hearing, Elwyn Crocker senior’s defense attorneys said their were 16 search warrants filed in this investigation.

We’re also learning there were about seven or eight devices, like phones and tablets, taken from the home the siblings lived at with their family.

One of Crocker’s defense attorneys Samuel Wood argued that some evidence presented in pre-trial hearings should be closed to the public. He says because if potential jurors see content like what’s on those devices mentioned or disturbing photographs before jury selections for trial begin, their opinion could be swayed.
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Lead prosecutor Matt Breedon denied the motion.

“Those photographs will be displayed to this court in a manner to where they will not be able to be video recorded by the crews in the court room, either they will be handed to the court or they will be displayed on a screen that will angled towards the court.”

As Crocker Sr.’s attorneys defended several motions, one topic kept coming up...the state’s wish to pursue the death penalty.
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The motions discussed at this pre-trial hearing have not been ruled on by Chief Judge F. Gate Peed yet. He has until trial begins to make a decision.

As for what’s next, Judge Peed says Elwyn Crocker Senior, Kim Wright and Mark Wright will be in pre-trial hearings together at the end of October.

When trials begin, the three defendants will be tried separately. Judge Peed says the first person in trial will be Elwyn Crocker Senior.
 
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