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Hearing continued for Chambersburg teen charged in slaying

September 24, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The preliminary hearing of a Chambersburg teenager charged with criminal homicide in the August shooting of a borough man was continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court at the request of his attorney.

V'Cetres D. Buckner, 18, of 207 Larch Ave., also is charged with robbery in the Aug. 6 killing of Timothy Aaron Short, 42, of Hood Street, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the face in a yard on Hemlock Circle. Additionally, Buckner was charged by the Chambersburg Police Department with stealing the handgun used in the killing and then selling the weapon.

Attorney Justin McShane submitted a written request to continue the preliminary hearing for 30 days so he can have an opportunity to review the final autopsy report. Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said she did not object to the continuance, although she was prepared to proceed with the preliminary hearing based on the Coroner's Office report.

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A traffic stop and a tip from a citizen led police to charge Buckner in the killing and the theft of the handgun used to shoot Short.

On Aug. 11, a citizen tipped off police that Buckner had been seen the day before the shooting with a handgun similar to one reported stolen from a borough man's vehicle on Aug. 4. Police later charged Buckner and 19-year-old Luis Rosa of Chambersburg with stealing the gun.

On Aug. 16, police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the handgun in a backpack. The backpack belonged to Derrick Wimberley, 22, of Chambersburg, the boyfriend of the woman driving the car, police said.

Wimberley, who was charged with firearms violations, said he bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun for $300 on Aug. 14, police said. Wimberley did not know the name of the man he bought the gun from, but identified Buckner from a photograph.

Buckner and a 17-year-old were under police surveillance at the time they rode bicycles to a house on South Hackberry Drive and sold the gun, police said.

Buckner remains in Franklin County Jail without bond on the criminal homicide charge.

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