Darrah pleads not guilty in Croft murder

By Chris Swick
March 07, 2016

The third man accused in the November 2014 death of James Croft has pled not guilty.

Samuel Darrah, 46, of McPherson, entered the plea Friday afternoon in McPherson County District Court. Darrah is charged with first degree premeditated murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If convicted on the murder charge, Darrah faces life in prison without the possibility of parole until after 50 years and a fine of up to $500,000.

Darrah was arrested in August 2015 after a month-long search by law-enforcement. He is accused in the murder of Croft in rural McPherson County over a laptop computer and $3,200 Darrah, along with fellow defendants Clinton Bascue and Kamra Farrell believed Croft had stolen from them.

Farrell accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors in February in exchange for testimony against Darrah. Her sentencing is planned for April 15 at 9 a.m.

A case management conference for Darrah has been set for April 22 at 2 p.m.