Jury convicts Yucca man of second-degree murder
KINGMAN — A Yucca man was convicted Monday of the October 2015 murder of an elderly man.
A Mohave County jury found Buddy O’Brian Wallace, 27, guilty of the lesser charges of two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and vehicle theft for the death of 70-year-old Charles John McCarty.
Wallace was acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder. The two counts of murder involved one victim but two separate theories to his murder.
Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert will schedule Wallace’s sentencing date after the aggravating and mitigating factors are argued today. Wallace faces 10 to 22 years in prison for each of the second-degree murder counts.
Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright had argued during the trial that on Oct. 11, 2015, Wallace entered McCarty’s trailer in Yucca and stabbed him multiple times in the face, shoulder and chest. McCarty’s body was found the next day, covered in blood and slumped over his kitchen table.
McCarty’s 1997 pickup truck also was missing. A man on a passing train spotted McCarty’s truck the day after the murder, several miles from the crime scene, near the railroad tracks in Yucca.
A neighbor testified during the trial that Wallace asked directions to McCarty’s residence prior to the murder. Albright also argued that detectives found footprints leading to the trailer. Matching bootprints also were found near Wallace’s trailer, also in Yucca.
Blood found on the boots matched McCarty’s blood. Wallace took the knife, threw it into the Colorado River, and burned his bloody clothes, Albright argued.
Wallace’s attorney, Brad Rideout, argued that the evidence was circumstantial since there were no witnesses or no physical evidence tying his client to the murder. The knife and bloody clothes never have been found.
Rideout also argued that Wallace’s confession shouldn’t be considered because he was confused and exhausted from working all day in Lake Havasu City. Sheriff’s detectives arrested Wallace at the Lake Havasu City business where he worked.