Monday, July 05, 2010

Ivan Skorobogtov/Nathaniel Craver Update

I have obtained new information on the Ivan Skorobogtov/Nathaniel Craver murder case.

Ivan/Nathaniel was adopted from Dom Rebyonka #9 in Troitsk, Chelyabinsk region. He was placed through Lutheran Social Services of the South, Austin, Texas. LSS lost its accreditation on May 20, 2005 and closed its Russian program. The adoption took place when LSS was accredited.

These changes are in the updated on Forever Family - Forever Dead.

On June 14, the Michael and Nanette Craver pled not guilty to all charges at their arraignment hearing. Defense attorney Gerald Lord says he has no idea when the case will go to trial. It may start as late as next year.

In May, the York County Senior deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell, citing Vanya's age and the state's contention that his death constituted torture, said she would seek the death penalty.

The Russian government is watching the case closely.

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