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Slaying suspect waives hearing

on July 23, 2014 6:07 PM

A Marion Center area man waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he shot his friend to death on Memorial Day weekend, and will remain in jail while attorneys try to craft a plea deal that would avoid a jury trial in Indiana County Court.

James Buterbaugh, 59, of Hartman Road, has been held without bail since May 25, when he was charged with homicide in the death of David Ackerson, 51, of Buterbaugh Road.

Investigators said the men shared several beers that day before Buterbaugh became angry that Ackerson accepted a plate of food from Buterbaugh’s mother.

Buterbaugh called Ackerson a moocher and drove away to a nearby gas well road with Ackerson following, then threatened to shoot him, according to state police. Ackerson told Buterbaugh, “Go ahead and shoot me” — then Buterbaugh fired one round at Ackerson from a revolver, police charged.

Attorney Robert Bell of the public defender’s office said a plea agreement is among the options in the case.

Read the complete report Thursday in The Indiana Gazette.

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