Stepmother takes plea deal in case of Crocker teens found buried near home

Crime & Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WSAV) – The stepmother of two Effingham County teenagers found buried behind their home in 2018 has taken a plea deal.

Candice Crocker, one of five defendants in the case, has pleaded guilty to eight charges, including malice murder, in the deaths of 14-year-old Mary Crocker and her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr.

Investigators have revealed disturbing details surrounding the case, testifying that Mary was kept in a dog cage, starved and tased before her death.

Both teens were found buried near their home in the Guyton area in December 2018. A third child, age 11 at the time, was found alive.

Candice Crocker will be sentenced to life in prison without parole and must testify against three other defendants: her husband, Elwyn Crocker Sr., her mother, Kimberly Wright and her brother, Mark Wright.

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Earlier this year, the state announced it would seek the death penalty against all four defendants if convicted.

A fifth defendant, Kimberly Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Prater, has already entered a plea. He is not facing the death penalty.

Prosecutors would not provide details of what Candace Crocker told them about the crimes, only that she will be obligated to testify against the others.

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