McCroskey's lawyer to meet with prosecutor in Farmville

By Laura Geller - bio | email
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FARMVILLE, VA (WWBT) -As the investigation into the Farmville murders enters its second week, we're still awaiting charges in the deaths of three of the victims.

Richard "Sam" McCroskey, 20, faces one count of first degree murder in the death of pastor Mark Niederbrock. He's also suspected in the three other slayings.

McCroskey's lawyer will meet with prosecutors Monday.

Richmond defense attorney Cary Bowen will once again make the hour and a half trek to Farmville Monday, but this time he'll get his first sit down with the commonwealth's attorney prosecuting his client. Right now he says, there are more questions than answers.

It's been almost a week since a judge appointed Bowen to the case and even longer since police found four bodies inside the Farmville home of Longwood University professor Debra Kelley.

Bowen has been McCroskey's only visitor at the Piedmont Regional Jail, where he is being held in isolation. Bowen describes his client as overwhelmed and somber. They still haven't discussed what happened inside the home on First Avenue. Right now, they're trying to get to know each other.

"Were I in his place I think I would want to know who I'm working with. And if there are rough edges, let's get them out of the way now because it's only going to get more serious," Bowen said.

In their first face to face meeting in this case, Bowen is hoping to gather information from the prosecutor he calls a straight shooter.

"When he intends to indict, what all are the offenses he intends to indict for, when he'll have some forensics material to turn over to us so we can start sifting through that and get a better feel for what we're looking at," Bowen said.

Bowen says for now, both he and the commonwealth's attorney are playing a waiting game when it comes to those forensics reports -- investigators gathered hundreds of pieces of evidence at a crime scene they kept open for days.

In our coverage, we've heard from friends of the victims, the prosecutor, police and those who know Sam McCroskey -- we asked Bowen what *e wants the public to know about his client.

"I'm not sure that there's anything that's as important for people to know about as the sadness of four people being dead," he said.

Bowen does not expect McCroskey's family will visit anytime soon. While he is on suicide watch, Bowen says that's part of protocol and he sees no threat or risk.

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