Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 29, 2013

HC deputy testifies about Crain case

Glasgow Daily Times

MUNFORDVILLE — Family members of the late Brandon Tyler Crain and friends of the family want answers to their questions.

They sat on the front row in Hart District Court on Monday and listened to Hart County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Wilson’s testimony regarding the arrest of Daniel J. Hostetler, 19, of Summer Shade. Hostetler is facing a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Crain, who was reported missing on Jan. 26, 2012. His body was found in the Green River by fishermen in the Woodbury community of Butler County on April 28, 2012.

“We just want the truth and the whole truth and who is involved. If the boy is saying he didn’t know Brandon, how did they get together? He was supposed to have had a phone call to pick him up. How did that happen? How did he get a phone call?” Rhonda Bailey, a friend of Crain’s family, said after Monday’s court proceeding.

The teenagers did not know each other, she said.

“We still don’t know to this day who called him to go pick Brandon up, and that’s what we are wanting to know,” she said. “Who called him? This leads us to believe that there were some more people involved in it.”

When questioned by Hart County Attorney Mike Nichols, Wilson testified he had gotten a phone call on April 17 from Officer Josh Plank with the Flemingsburg Police Department stating he had received information from a Flemingsburg area Amish bishop regarding the case.

“Apparently, Daniel Hostetler had told his brother that he had committed a murder in either Barren or Hart County. His brother went to the bishop and reported this information. This information was relayed to Officer Plank,” Wilson said.

Wilson located Hostetler in Flemingsburg. In an interview, Hostetler admitted to “causing injury that caused the death of Brandon Crain. He also took us to the locations where the incidents occurred,” Wilson said.  

Nichols asked the deputy whether Hostetler specified how he caused the death of Crain.

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