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Investigation of Tuesday night stabbing still ongoing

Aug. 5, 2010 at 3:05 a.m.


Victoria County Sheriff's officers are still investigating the stabbing death of William Lance Ponton.

Ponton, 20, died Wednesday morning after being stabbed 11 times.

Daulton Jakob Buffum, 20, of Victoria, was charged with murder.

"We're trying to wrap up our investigation, although we still have to speak to several individuals that were there at the time to know if there will be additional charges or defendants," said Lt. Tom Copeland, with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

The stabbing occurred Tuesday night during a house party in the 1500 block of West Beck Road.

Buffum, although not the property owner, was temporarily staying at the home, according to a close relative of the property owner.

Ponton was just a guest at the party, officials and witnesses said.

After the stabbing, Ponton was transported by private vehicle to Citizens Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

A search of Texas Department of Public Safety records provided further details on Ponton's past legal troubles.

In June 2009, Ponton was found guilty of forgery of a financial instrument and criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000, both of which were felonies, according to the records.

He was sentenced to state jail and was released in April, according to the records.

Court records did not show any prior criminal history for Buffum.

Copeland and sheriff's office Chief Deputy Terry Simons said alcohol was present at the house.

But it was not known whether Ponton or Buffum were intoxicated during the fight.

"There was a large amount of alcoholic beverages in the house - beer, plus whiskey," said Copeland. "According to the number of empty and half full beer cans out there, the majority of people there were drinking."

Members of the property owner's family declined to comment for the story.

Sheriff's officials had no additional details on the investigation as of Thursday afternoon.

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