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Yucca murder suspect’s trial starts in two weeks

November 28, 2018

KINGMAN — The judge affirmed Monday the trial date for a Yucca man charged with the 2015 murder death of an elderly man.

Buddy O’Brian Wallace, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and vehicle theft. He is being held in county jail on a $250,000 bond.

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert affirmed Wallace’s murder trial to begin Dec. 11.

The prosecutor previously said that Wallace was high on methamphetamine and had been awake for three days before the murder, which could be a catalyst to premeditation in the murder. A witness told police Wallace’s behavior became erratic from the drug use just before the murder.

Wallace is charged with the murder of Charles John McCarty Oct. 12, 2015, in his travel trailer in the 11200 block of S. Bernie Road in Yucca. McCarty’s body was found covered in blood and slumped over his kitchen table. His 1997 pickup truck was also missing, the sheriff’s office reported.

McCarty, 70, died of multiple stab wounds to the chest and back, according to the autopsy. The weapon was not recovered. A man on a train spotted McCarty’s truck the day after the murder several miles from the crime scene near the railroad tracks in Yucca.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Wallace at a Lake Havasu City business after allegedly finding evidence of the murder at his Yucca home.

Wallace could face natural life or life in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years if he is convicted of the murder charge.

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