Darrah preliminary hearing Wednesday

By Chris Swick
August 28, 2015

The McPherson man arrested late last week in the November 2014 death of James Croft will have his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.

Samuel Darrah, 45, was arrested around 11 p.m. Aug. 21 after Wichita Police received a tip that Darrah was staying at a residence on South Lorraine. Law enforcement, including United States Marshals, located Darrah hiding within a false wall in the residence.

Darrah had his first appearance in McPherson County District court Monday, where he was appointed an attorney. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., though McPherson County Attorney Torrance Parkins expects that date to be continued to allow Darrah's court-appointed attorney, Donald Snap, to get up to speed on the case.

Darrah, along with Kamra Farrell, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Croft near Galva in rural McPherson County. Farrell will have a preliminary hearing in November.

A third defendant, Clinton Bascue, has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in Croft's death.