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to trial on the case, say­ing “no lawyer likes to try a case he has no pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning… Mr. Crow­der left a path of ev­i­dence a mile long and 30 miles wide be­hind him. The only thing he could ever tell me is he didn’t do it.”

Crow­der ad­mit­ted to As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Melanie Bell that he did tell the court he was both sat­is­fied with his at­tor­ney and that he was guilty of the murder of his es­tranged wife, 43-year-old Cat­cilia, but that he had since changed his opin­ion.

Af­ter sev­eral months of de­lib­er­a­tion, Benton de­nied Crow­der’s mo­tion to with­draw his guilty plea, say­ing that it was his be­lief that Crow­der’s plea was not a re­sult of in­ef­fec­tive as­sis­tance of coun­sel.

“This court finds the de­fense at­tor­ney was pre­pared and gave ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vice to his client based on all of the cir­cum­stances of the case,” reads the or­der.

“The court finds the de­fen­dant [Crow­der] was not a cred­i­ble wit­ness in light of his tes­ti­mony when he en­tered his plea of guilty,” the or­der con­tin­ues. “A re­view of the guilty plea shows the de­fen­dant ad­mit­ted his guilt and said no one made any prom­ises or threats against him. The de­fen­dant also stated he knew all of his rights prior to the en­try of the plea.”

Crow­der was trans­ferred to the Ge­or­gia Di­ag­nos­tic and Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Prison in Jack­son ear­lier this month to be­gin serv­ing his life sen­tence for murder.

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