Bobby Lavon Buckner was scheduled to stand trial next month in the killing of Ashley Moore, who went missing for three weeks before her body was found by the Savannah River. The trial will likely have to be delayed after District Attorney Larry Chisolm filed a court petition Wednesday saying he intends to seek the death penalty.
Death penalty cases require a number of additional legal steps and hearings as opposed to non-capital murder trials. Buckner may also need a new defense attorney with death penalty experience.
Chisolm declined to discuss the case. Buckner's attorney, Michael Schiavone (shi-VOH-nee), says prosecutors are trying to deny Buckner his due process rights.