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Murder Vertict Upheld in Pickaway County Christmas Day Killing


Murder Verdict Upheld

​A unanimous decision was made by the Fourth District Court of Appeals this month upholding the conviction of Bobby L.B. White for the Christmas Day murder of Douglas Buechler.

​The victim’s body was found at 4:15 p.m. in the front yard of an Ashville residence on Christmas Day in 2019.

​The victim was found with over fifty stab wounds . Near the body was a cigarette butt that ultimately was found to contain DNA from both the victim and the Defendant, Mr. White. A baseball hat with the letters “WTK” was also located near the victim’s body and it was later found to contain the DNA of White on the inside rim. 

​A witness for the State testified that White had the hat custom made and that the letters WTK stood for “White Trash Kustomz.”

​A first trial resulted in a hung jury. The second trial resulted in guilty verdicts for murder and felonious assault. White was sentenced by Judge P. Randall Knece to a term of 15 years to life in prison along with a mandatory term of 5 years of post-release control.

​On appeal, White argued that his convictions were against the manifest weight of the evidence. White also argued that trial counsel, Steven Larson and Joshua Hall, rendered ineffective assistance of counsel. 

​The Court of Appeals unanimously found that Pickaway County Prosecutor, attorney Judy Wolford, presented sufficient evidence to support White’s conviction for murder. The Appeals Court also ruled that Mr. White’s attorneys presented his case properly.