According to an ajc.com report, prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to seek the death penalty for those charged in the deaths of Mary Crocker and her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr. The state capitol defender’s office confirmed the report Thursday.
It is believed that the Crockers were both 14 when they went missing -- Elwynin in 2016 and Mary in 2018. Their bodies were discovered behind their Effingham County home in December 2018.
According to authorities, the siblings were beaten, starved and forced to live in a cage.
The defendants facing murder charges and the death penalty are the children’s father, Elwyn Crocker Sr., his wife, Candice Crocker, Candice Crocker’s mother, Kim Wright, and Candice Crocker’s brother, Tony Wright. All pleaded not guilty and are set to appear for an arraignment hearing Feb. 19.
Kim Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Prater, also has been charged with murder but prosecutors haven’t filed a notice to seek the death penalty in that case.