Rapper Charged in Va. Deaths Appears in Court

June 22, 2010

An aspiring "horrorcore" rapper from California who is charged with killing his girlfriend and three others has made an appearance in a Farmville courtroom.

Richard "Sam" McCroskey smiled as he entered court Tuesday. A Sept. 20 motions hearing was scheduled.

McCroskey 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.

The 21-year-old McCroskey met Emma Niederbrock online through their interest in "horrorcore" music, which sets violent lyrics to hip-hop beats.

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