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Homicide arraignment postponed

December 25, 2008

CHAMBERBSURG, Pa. -- The mandatory arraignment of a man charged with criminal homicide in the August shooting death of a Chambersburg man was postponed this week in Franklin County Court.

V'Cetres Buckner, 18, of 207 Larch Ave., also is charged with robbery and theft in the Aug. 6 killing of 42-year-old Timothy Aaron Short of Chambersburg. Short was shot in the face early that morning on Hemlock Circle, according to the Chambersburg Police Department.

Buckner's mandatory arraignment was set for Wednesday, but was postponed because the judge assigned to his case was not available, Assistant District Attorney Laura Kerstetter said.

Eleven days after the shooting Buckner was taken into custody by borough police. At Buckner's Nov. 11 preliminary hearing, Detective Scott Mummert testified that Buckner admitted to the shooting, but claimed the gun went off accidentally during a robbery.

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During his videotaped interview Buckner said Short rode up to him on a motorcycle and said he wanted to buy crack cocaine, Mummert testified last month. Buckner told Short to meet him on Hemlock Circle, but instead of selling him the cocaine, he pulled a handgun on him and robbed him of his wallet, Mummert testified.

Police later received a tip that Buckner had been seen with a handgun and sold it to another man days after Short was killed. On Aug. 16, the gun was found in a car when a woman was pulled over for a traffic violation.

That led police to the woman's boyfriend, Derrick Wimberley of Chambersburg, a convicted felon who said he bought the gun from Buckner. Police said Buckner and another man stole the handgun from the vehicle of a borough man two days before Short was killed.

-- Don Aines

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