Five family members plead not guilty in deaths of Savannah-area teens

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EFFINGHAM COUNTY, G.A. (WSAV) – Five family members accused in the deaths of two Guyton teenagers were arraigned in court today.

Elwyn Crocker, Sr., Candice Crocker, Mark Wright, Kim Wright and Roy Prater appeared before Judge Peed at the Effingham County courthouse and had their charges read against them before all five pleaded not guilty.

In March, the lead investigator testified at a bond hearing. She said their biological father Elwyn Crocker senior admitted to burying the two teens, Elwyn Crocker, Jr. and Mary Crocker.

Crocker, Sr. also admitted he used zip-ties to punish and secure Mary inside a dog kennel.

All five suspects have been charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree. According to ECSO, the suspects have been moved out of the county to separate jail locations for their safety.

The details are so horrific it prompted some change at the state capitol. Case files show the two teens were homeschooled. So, in March, Georgia lawmakers introduced a bill that would strengthen homeschool regulations. The bill stops parents from removing kids from school to avoid following attendance and disciplinary laws. It would also notify the Department of Family services if a child is withdrawn from school. 

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