Court affirms teen's second-degree murder conviction
The N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed the second-degree murder conviction of Christopher Crocker.
Crocker was convicted in Rowan County Superior Court in January 2008 in the death of Marsha Setzer Ludwick.
Crocker was eluding police after stealing gas when the truck he was driving crashed into Ludwick’s car, killing her.
Crocker was 15 at the time of the August 2006 crash, and his appeal asserted that the District Court presided over by Judge Kevin Eddinger erred in transferring his case to Superior Court to be tried as an adult. The appeal also said Crocker’s attorney, Sally Waters, was ineffective because she did not challenge the transfer.
The appeal also said the Superior Court, with Judge Chris Collier presiding, erred in not allowing testimony from his psychological expert.
The Court of Appeals found no error.
Crocker, 18, is serving a term of 11-14 years and is in the Western Youth Institution in Burke County, according to the state Department of Corrections. Records show he is scheduled for release on Aug. 6, 2017.