Testimony begins in murder trial
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 26, 2013 | 1414 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a round of swift testimony Monday afternoon, six people took the stand in the case surrounding the death of Timothy Buck.

Buck, 46, of Marietta was found shot once behind his right ear at a home on Harvest Way in Emerson on June 25, 2011. Ted Robinson is on trial in connection with his death. He is charged with murder, three counts of felony murder - special presentment, armed robbery, two counts of burglary - special presentment, two counts of possession of firearm during the commission of a crime - special presentment and two counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon - special presentment.

Two men — Justin C. Wise and Antonio S. Linley — also charged in Buck’s death pled guilty Friday in Bartow County Superior Court.

Prosecutor Sharon Fox began testimony Monday with a witness who had been at the Harvest Way residence the evening of June 25 drinking with the homeowner and Buck among others.

The man, a neighbor of the homeowner, testified that he left about 10:30 p.m. to go to the hospital with his son. He said he saw Robinson outside along the roadway as he administered CPR to his son.

When the man returned about 5 a.m. to the Harvest Way home to wake his wife, he said Buck was sitting upright in a chair on the porch. The neighbor said he did not attempt to rouse Buck because he thought he was sleeping.

Fox then called the homeowner, who became emotional several times on the stand, choking up as he identified pictures of the scene.

The man said he and Buck worked together and would spend Friday nights together after work. Both men had been paid that Friday, according to the homeowner, and were going to spend the evening drinking.

According to his testimony, the homeowner had brought his children home that evening and had several people over. He said he drank too much and went to bed about 10 p.m.

When he awoke around 7:15 a.m. on June 25, he said Buck was sitting in a chair on the porch and he tapped Buck’s leg to wake him. According to his testimony, Buck was “cold” and he ran next door to a family member to have them call 911 because he was afraid his friend had suffered a heart attack.

Once back on the porch, the man said he noticed the pool of blood beneath Buck’s chair and located the gunshot wound.

The man said he never woke up after he went to bed and did not hear a gunshot in the night.

The homeowner’s 9-year-old son also testified that he had gone to sleep that evening in the same bedroom as his father but never heard a gunshot.

According to the boy’s testimony, Robinson and Wise had been inside the home the evening Buck died. His father said during testimony that he did not know Robinson personally and had not seen the defendant that evening.

Although the residents did not testify to hearing a gunshot, a neighbor of an adjoining property said he was in bed about 1 a.m. when he heard a single gunshot and went to investigate. He said he did not see anyone or hear anything after that time.

Two additional witnesses took the stand, with the first responding officer on scene testifying that he did not locate any weapons at the scene and secured the premises until the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrived.

Testimony will resume this morning at 9 in Judge Scott Smith’s courtroom.