Rapper charged with killing pastor

Associated Press / September 21, 2009

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RICHMOND, Va. - A California man who rapped about the thrill of killing has been charged in the slaying of a rural Virginia pastor found dead with three others inside the home of his estranged wife, a college professor, authorities said yesterday.

On Saturday, police charged Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III with first-degree murder, robbery, and stealing the automobile of Mark Niederbrock, a pastor at Walker’s Presbyterian Church in Appomattox County.

Farmville police Captain Wade Stimpson said McCroskey will be charged with killing three others found in the home of Debra Kelley, a Longwood University professor, on Friday. The other victims are not expected to be identified until today.

Police arrested McCroskey, 20, of Castro Valley, Calif., at the Richmond airport Saturday. The aspiring rapper in the horrorcore genre, which sets violent lyrics to hip-hop beats, was found sleeping in the baggage area as he waited for a flight to California.

Kelley is an associate professor at the university in Farmville. Stimpson said Niederbrock and Kelley were separated.

Police have declined to say how the four were killed.

McCroskey recorded under the name Syko Sam.