32 year old Clinton Bascue of McPherson pled no contest Monday morning to felony murder in the first degree of 39 year old James Croft, formerly of Portland, Oregon.
In criminal law, a no contest plea is a defendant's plea in court that he/she will not contest the charge of a particular crime. While technically this is not an admission of guilt for commission of the crime, the judge treats a plea of no contest as an admission and proceeds to find the defendant guilty as charged. In Kansas, a first degree murder conviction carries a life sentence with possibility of parole after 25 years or 50 years with aggravated circumstances.
On April 14, Bascue’s defense team filed a motion to suppress certain statements Clinton Bascue made in November to law enforcement officials investigating the death of Croft. Presiding judge Richard Walker announced on Monday that the motion to suppress was overruled. By waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and pleading no contest, Bascue also waives his right to appeal the motion to suppress ruling.
28 year old Kamra Kay Farrell has also been charged in the incident. Farrell, whose last known address was in Oklahoma, was arrested April 17 on a charge of first degree felony murder. Bond has been set at $500,000. Her next court appearance will be at 2 p.m. July 6. Sentencing for Bascue will be at 1 p.m. that same day.