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Bobby Buckner back in Chatham County


Nearly eight years ago in Savannah a 12 year old was kidnapped and strangled. Her body was found nearly a month later along the Savannah River near the Marriott hotel. Still, nearly a decade later, this case isn't resolved. Bobby Buckner, the man accused of killing and molesting her, returned to Chatham County for a hearing on Wednesday.

Judge Penny Haas Freesemann was set to rule on more than 100 motions filed in this case.  The court expected it would take nearly three days to get through them all, but Wednesday the motions were not heard.

Instead, both the State and Defense told Judge Haas-Freesemann they needed to speak with her privately in her chambers before they started.  A short time later a Bailiff told us they would be recessing for the day and would reconvene Thursday afternoon.

This hasn't been your normal case. 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore disappeared back in 2003.  Police immediately arrested Buckner, not for murder but for being in violation of his probation. Buckner, a convicted child molester, was living with Ashleigh's mother which was against his probation orders.

Then, about a year later, police charged Buckner again on more molestation charges.

Four years after Ashleigh's death, Buckner was charged with murder.

The case was originally set to go to trial back in 2008.

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