Bascue, Farrell to face court Monday in murder case

By Chris Swick
July 03, 2015

A McPherson man will learn his fate Monday in the first degree murder case of James Croft.

Clinton Bascue, 32, will be have his sentencing hearing at 1 p.m. Monday in McPherson County Ninth District Court after pleading no contest to a charge of first-degree murder during a hearing April 27.

Bascue faces a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years or 50 years with aggravated circumstances.

The charges stem from the Nov. 14, 2014, incident in which McPherson County emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Moccasin Road near Galva. A man was found inside and later identified to be the then-39-year-old Croft, formerly of Portland, Oregon. Croft was reported to still be breathing when EMS arrived, but was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

An autopsy showed Croft died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

The murder stemmed from a dispute over a computer and $3,200 Bascue, fellow defendant Kamra Farrell and a third man allegedly felt they were owed by Croft.

Farrell, meanwhile, will have her preliminary hearing Monday at 9 a.m. Farrell is also facing a first-degree murder charge.