Savannah DA Weighing Appeal of Speedy Trial Ruling

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah prosecutors are weighing an appeal of a judge's decision to throw out charges against a man accused of raping and killing his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter.
Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesemann ruled Wednesday that prosecutors violated Bobby Lavon Buckner's right to a speedy trial with constant delays and mounting allegations of evidence being lost. Buckner was to stand trial June 11 in connection with the 2003 slaying of young Ashleigh Moore. He was first charged with the crime in 2007.
District Attorney Larry Chisolm has 30 days to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court. His office said in a statement Wednesday prosecutors will review the case and consult with Ashleigh's family before deciding.
Buckner's attorney, Newell Hamilton, says he's stunned the judge granted his motion to dismiss the case.


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