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Wait for mental health evaluation in Va. 'horrorcore' case

A hearing for an aspiring rapper charged with killing his girlfriend and three others has been delayed as his attorneys await results of a mental health evaluation.

Richard "Sam" McCroskey of Castro Valley, Calif., faces capital murder charges in the Sept. 18 deaths of his girlfriend, 16-year-old Emma Niederbrock; her parents, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock and Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and Emma's 18-year-old friend Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va.

McCroskey met Emma Niederbrock online through their interest in “horrorcore” music, setting violent lyrics to hip-hop beats.

A hearing was expected in Prince Edward County Circuit Court April 20 to set a trial date. McCroskey's attorneys say it likely will be delayed until June.

-- Richmond Times-Dispatch

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 9, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Updates , Virginia  
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