Man pleads guilty in SW Indiana teen's death

Buskirk will testify against co-defendant

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. - One of two men accused of killing a southwestern Indiana woman and dumping her body in a lake pleaded guilty Tuesday and has agreed to testify against his co-defendant.

Jordan Buskirk, 26, of Jasonville pleaded guilty in Greene Superior Court to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement in the death of Katelyn Wolfe, 19, of Linton.

Wolfe was reported missing by her father on June 6, a day after last being seen in her hometown about 30 miles southeast of Terre Haute. Her body was found four days later in a rural lake.

The plea agreement Buskirk signed last week calls for him to testify in the May trial of co-defendant Randal Crosley, 25, of Jasonville. Crosley has pleaded not guilty.

Buskirk faces 45 to 65 years in prison on the murder charge, but the plea deal calls for him to receive concurrent terms on the murder conspiracy and confinement charges. The deal leaves to a judge's discretion whether to sentence him concurrently on the rape conspiracy charge or to serve that sentence after the murder sentence.

Buskirk will not be sentenced until after Crosley's trial.

Buskirk told investigators he and Crosley discussed raping and killing a stranger, saying it "was just something that popped into their heads," according to court documents.

Authorities say Buskirk told investigators that he and Crosley picked up Wolfe, to whom they had previously sold some Valium, near her home. They fatally choked her along a rural road, placed her body in the trunk of Buskirk's car and drove around getting high before arriving at the lake, court documents said.

Buskirk testified Tuesday neither of the two men had sex with Wolfe.

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