Photo lineup to be allowed at murder trial
KINGMAN — A judge ruled Wednesday that a photo lineup will be admitted at the trial scheduled next week for a Yucca man charged with the 2015 murder 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.
Deputy Mohave County Attorney Rod Albright called a Yucca man to the stand to testify that he knew Wallace, regularly seeing him in Yucca since Wallace was a child.
The witness picked Wallace out of a police photo lineup after he pointed out the victim’s house to Wallace the day before the murder. Albright argued that the lineup, made up of eight men, all with short hair, was not suggestive.
Wallace’s attorney, Brad Rideout, filed a motion to suppress the photo lineup, arguing that the lineup was suggestive and would be unfair to his client. He also said the witness saw Wallace 10 years ago and didn’t really know the defendant.
Rideout also told the judge that Wallace’s case could end with a last-minute plea agreement but no agreement was reached as of Wednesday.
Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert allowed the photo lineup to be admitted, ruling that the witness positively knew who Wallace was. The judge also affirmed Wallace’s murder trial to begin Tuesday.
Wallace is charged with the murder of Charles John McCarty on Oct. 12, 2015, in his travel trailer on South 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, according to the sheriff’s office.
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 passing 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 faces natural life or life in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years if he is convicted of the murder charge.