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Sentencing set for February in Yucca murder

December 20, 2018

KINGMAN — A Yucca man convicted Monday in the October 2015 murder of an elderly man will be sentenced in February

Buddy O’Brian Wallace, 27, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and vehicle theft in the death of 70-year-old Charles John McCarty. The two counts of murder involved one victim but two separate theories to the crime.

The jury returned Tuesday to find aggravating factors that could affect Wallace’s prison sentence. The jury found as factors the emotional harm to the victim’s family, the age of the victim, and the use of a dangerous weapon.

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert will sentence Wallace on Feb. 8. Wallace faces up to 29 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge. The prison sentences for the theft and burglary charges could run consecutively to the murder charge, adding another decade in prison.

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 had asked directions to McCarty’s residence just prior to the murder. Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright said that detectives found footprints leading to the trailer. Matching boot prints 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 physical evidence tying his client to the murder. The knife and bloody clothes were not found.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Wallace at the Lake Havasu City business where he worked.

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