Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Man Pleads Guilty in Cross Lanes Hotel Murder

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Man Pleads Guilty in Cross Lanes Hotel Murder

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Terrick Hogan let out a sigh before the courtroom door closed behind him Tuesday. Meanwhile, Natalie Casdorph breathed a sigh of relief.

Hogan, 26, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in the shooting death of her son, Kalvon Casdorph. He was then sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Kalvon Casdorph, 21, was shot to death in January 2015 at a motel in Cross Lanes.

He and Hogan were friends and had been gambling at the Mardi Gras Resort and Casino before going to the motel, according to prosecutors.

"I never intended for anything of this magnitude to occur, Hogan said Tuesday.

Hogan sent Marcus Curtis, 26, of Dunbar, text messages that Kalvon Casdorph had a large sum of money and instructed him to bring a gun and a mask to the motel.

Curtis, who pleaded guilty last year to murder, admitted he shot Kalvon Casdorph twice and stole about $3,000 before fleeing in a car with Hogan and Shayla Stephenson.

Curtis also was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison and, like Hogan, will be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Assistant Kanawha prosecutor Maryclaire Akers said that, despite who pulled the trigger, it was Hogan who orchestrated Kalvon Casdorph's death. Natalie Casdorph wanted the two men to receive the same sentence, Akers told Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King.

That's especially why prosecutors allowed Hogan a second chance to take the deal.

Hogan had already backed out of the plea deal earlier this year. Jury selection was set to begin in his trial Tuesday.

Natalie Casdorph "has been one of the most forgiving relatives of a victim we've ever had, Akers said.

King on Tuesday was meticulous about explaining Hogan's rights. Before accepting the guilty plea, the judge asked multiple times if he was sure about doing it.

Hogan seemed a little hesitant at times during the hearing. Natalie Casdorph held her breath when Hogan held up his finger instead of immediately answering one of the judge's questions.

"Do you plead guilty or not guilty to the murder of Mr. Casdorph? King asked.

"Guilty, Hogan eventually said, after whispering into his lawyer's ear. …

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