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    GA - Ashleigh Moore, 12, Savannah, 18 April 2003

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    Progress slow in solving Ashleigh Moore's killing

    Last person to see her alive remains in jail; court appearance set for Monday

    By Anne Hart
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    ahart@savannahnow.com

    Two months ago Friday, Ashleigh Moore disappeared from her southside home.

    Since then, the 12-year-old's body has been found and buried. Vigils were held and memorials have been erected in her honor.

    For loved ones, classmates, even strangers, the main question "Who killed her and why?" has yet to be answered.

    No arrests have been made in the slaying of the DeRenne Middle School honor student.

    Savannah police detectives continue to investigate, but no charges are expected anytime soon.

    "Just because an item like this falls out of the media eye for short period does not mean it has fallen off the radar scope of the Savannah Police Department," said police spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "Now is the time when all the work needs to be done, to make sure any potential cases go forward successfully."

    Ashleigh's family members are trying to give Savannah police space to do an accurate investigation, said the Rev. C. MeGill Brown, the Moore's pastor at Second African Baptist Church and family spokesman.

    "They are trying to come back to some sense of normalcy, as best as possible, after the roller coaster that they were on," Brown said, "and allow the police department to do its job."

    Bobby Buckner -- the last person to see Ashleigh alive--remains in Chatham County jail. He is due to appear in Chatham County Superior Court on Monday, when a date will be set for his probation revocation hearing.

    Savannah attorney Michael Schiavone is representing Buckner on the probation violation charge.

    Although not charged in Ashleigh's disappearance, Buckner, the live-in boyfriend of her mother, has not been ruled out as a suspect, police said. He has been in jail since the day after Ashleigh disappeared, when he was arrested and charged with violating his probation.

    Buckner, 26, was serving a 14-year probation sentence when Ashleigh's mother and her two daughters moved in with him. Buckner had pleaded guilty in 1996 to the molestation and statutory rape of another 12-year-old girl. One condition of his probation barred him from being alone with girls under 16.

    Ashleigh's mother was at work when Buckner reported Ashleigh missing April 18, the Friday before Easter, the first day of Ashleigh's spring break.

    Schiavone said probation officers were aware of Buckner's living arrangement and did not enforce that condition of his probation until Ashleigh disappeared.

    "He lived with this family for seven years," Schiavone said. "They (probation) could have gone in much greater depth to determine if there was every any time that he would be alone with those children."

    Probation's responsibility is to check on the probationer, not the work schedules of other adults in the house, said probation officer Jacquelyn Alexander.

    "We notify all the adults (in the household) if a person is on probation for a sexual offense against children," Alexander said.

    Probation had been aware that Buckner lived with Moore and her daughters in the past, said chief probation officer Joe Cafiero.

    "But in the most recent situation, we didn't know there were children in the home," Cafiero said. "In the past we knew, but we didn't know that the relationship was back on again."

    Wearing Ashleigh's glasses clasped at her neck and attending searches and vigils, Michelle Moore waited nearly a month for her daughter to return home safely. But on May 14, a fisherman discovered her body in a thicket behind the Marriott hotel, about 200 feet from the Savannah River, and called police.

    The body and other evidence was sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis. Police have not released the cause of Ashleigh's death or any details about motive.

    The public's attention still is focused on Buckner, who told police that the night before Ashleigh disappeared he had been drinking at a strip club and didn't come home until 4 a.m. He said he was awakened after 6 a.m. by noises.

    Ashleigh's 10-year-old sister said Ashleigh shook her awake early that morning and said they were leaving the house. The sister said Buckner came in, pulled Ashleigh by the arm and told her to return to bed, according to a police affidavit filed in court. Investigators later seized towels and a box of condoms from his car after a cadaver dog smelled blood on its door handle. Police have not released the results of tests of any evidence.

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    This is the clear case of of woman with two young children thinking she has to have a man in her life. Look who this mother chose........

    "But in the most recent situation, we didn't know there were children in the home," Cafiero said. "In the past we knew, but we didn't know that the relationship was back on again."
    NORMALLY THEY NOTIFY THE MATE THAT HE IS ON PROBATON FOR MOLESTING A CHILD! THink this is another case where LE is understaffed........can't be they don't care! I hope.

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    the man ( bobby buckner ) might be the right person for this childs disappearence and murder, It sure would be another tragedy if they were to release the man after violating probation, if they do then whats to say he won't skip town and disappear himself? only if the smith fellow in florida had been jailed for violating his probation then maybe carlie burcia would still be alive today. seems like probation now days is just a " free get out of jail ticket " granted that some of these people do fly right afterwards, but it is the others that get out to continue doing as they wish. lets all hope that this family finds out the person that is responsible for this childs murder...

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    Bobby Buckner, the prime suspect in last year's disappearance and death of 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore, was ordered to prison Thursday for violating his probation.
    He was convicted in 1996 of child molestation and rape.

    His attorney, Michael Schiavone, says Buckner is going to prison for 12 years for drinking beer and visiting a Hinesville strip club.
    http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/0...rhearing.shtml

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    Someone needs to investigate that strip club! No tears from me on him going back to prison.

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    any updates?
    So you think that the world owes you something, Hey baby so do I
    But you sink like a stone from the weight of the debt
    Its so heavy it makes you cry
    And you think that your innocence is somewhere
    south of the Georgia line
    But for all of the days that you spent headed south its still five below when you open your mouth

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny
    any updates?


    I wonder if that guy was ever charged for the murder of Ashleigh? I can't believe those parole officers. If a person isn't supposed to be around young girls then that means they aren't supposed to be living in the same house as them. But they wait until one of the girls end up dead before they decide to get him on a parole violation! Those people had a job to do and obviously they weren't doing it. Guess it was easier to just let these perverts do whatever they want to do until something horrible happens. Those P0's should have lost their jobs.

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    There has been nothing on the news. I cant believe he hasnt been charged.

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    I'm doing a search, nothing new so far, but I did find this:

    The same day her body was found on May 14, 2003 a certificate of merit for Ashleigh
    from Duke University arrived in the mail, for she had placed in the top percentile on
    the math portion on the SAT test.

    http://www.sssalas.com/InMemorium.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
    I'm doing a search, nothing new so far, but I did find this:

    The same day her body was found on May 14, 2003 a certificate of merit for Ashleigh
    from Duke University arrived in the mail, for she had placed in the top percentile on
    the math portion on the SAT test.

    http://www.sssalas.com/InMemorium.html


    Oh, bless her little heart. This young girl looks like she would have done something great with her life. What a shame.

    Why in the world was that mother living with someone that had raped before?
    I'll never understand that. And the stupid parole people...did they really think that there would never be a time that the creep would be alone with those kids? I think they have the right guy in prison...now they just need to convict him of this murder. Sounds like the sister knows what happened.


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    Man Accused in 12-Year-Old's Brutal Slaying Faces Chatham Judge
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    (Savannah, GA) The state of Georgia is seeking the death penalty against Bobby Lavon Buckner in the brutal slaying of a 12-year-old girl.

    On Monday, Buckner pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. Those include kidnapping, molesting, and strangling Ashleigh Moore

    http://www2.wsav.com/news/2011/jun/1...th-ar-1967300/

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    Ga. high court upholds dismissal of murder charge

    http://www.wsav.com/story/20955847/g...-murder-charge

    Posted: Feb 04, 2013 8:31 AM EST
    Updated: Feb 04, 2013 8:31 AM EST

    Short article at link

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    And so Bobby Lavon Buckner is another one that gets away with the murder of a child by slithering like a snake through the laws in the justice system.