A Macoupin County man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, January 26 related to a 2018 incident following a jury trial that started on Monday, January 26, according to Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jordan Garrison.
David Buck Jr., 39 of Medora, was found guilty on first degree murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated unlawful restraint, and felon in possession of a weapon.
At trial evidence in the afternoon of February 8, 2018, Rachel Warren of Chesterfield and Allen Wheeler were traveling to Warren’s house when they picked up Buck. They went to Warren’s house where Buck shot Warren and abducted Wheller. Wheeler took Buck into the countryside to dispose of the murder weapon while holding him at gunpoint. Eventually, Buck stole Wheeler’s truck and was later apprehended by law enforcement in a multi-county chase.
Macoupin County Judge Joshua Meyer set the matter for the sentencing hearing on February 17, 2023, where Buck will face up to life in prison.
The case was initially charged by former State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson and tried by current State’s Attorney Garrison and assistant Kyle Frericks.