Farrell hearing continued

By Chris Swick
July 06, 2015

The second defendant accused in the murder of James Croft was to have faced her preliminary hearing Monday, but instead will have to wait a bit longer.

Kamra Kay Farrell, 28, is charged with first degree murder in the November 2014 death of James Croft. Her attorney, Kevin Loeffler, requested a continuance in McPherson County Ninth District Court, which Judge Richard B. Walker granted after receiving no arguments from either Kansas Assistant Attorney General Steve Carr or McPherson County Attorney Torrance Parkins.

Farrell is also facing felony cases, one for the solicitation of contraband in a correctional facility and the other involving the criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. Both of those cases were also included in the continuance, which Loeffler requested to set up a status conference.

That conference is to be held July 24 at 2:30 p.m. and will be presided over by Judge Joe Dickinson, as Walker is retiring at the end of the month.

The murder charges stem from the November 15, 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 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 allegedly erupted from a dispute over a computer and $3,200 fellow defendant Clinton Bascue, 32, Farrell and a third man felt they were owed by Croft.