Man pleads guilty to 2006 murder, kidnapping of 17-year-old

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The man charged with the 2006 murder of a Watson Chapel teen is headed back to prison.

Kenneth Osburn pleaded guilty to kidnapping and second-degree murder in the death of Casey Crowder Wednesday June 18.

He was originally charged and convicted in January 2008 for Crowder's murder, but the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2009. Justices found that police interviews used in Osburn's trial should have been suppressed.

He remained behind bars after the conviction was overturned, and according to the Ashley County Circuit Clerk's office, the judge gave him credit for time served, which is 2,821 days (just over seven years), and sentenced him to 10 years for kidnapping and 30 years for second-degree murder to be served consecutively.

Crowder, 17, was a senior at Watson Chapel High School when she was murdered. In 2006, Crowder was on her way home to Pine Bluff when her SUV ran out of gas along a highway in Desha County. That's when Osburn is said to have kidnapped her and strangled her in the woods not far from where her vehicle was found. She was found a week after she was reported missing.

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