Murder trial begins Tuesday for man charged in stabbing death

Oct. 31, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
Updated Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

Testimony will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the trial of a Kenedy man accused of stabbing a Victoria man to death in August 2010.

Daulton Jakob Buffum, 21, is charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old William Lance Ponton.

Jury selection for the trial took place on Monday.

District Judge Skipper Koetter will preside over the case.

Ponton died the morning of Aug. 4, 2010, after being stabbed 11 times the previous night during a house party in the 1500 block of West Beck Road.

Police did not release many details about the incident, but witnesses painted a picture of a brutal stabbing.

As previously reported, Ponton's 18-year-old brother, Dustin, said his brother went to the party to celebrate his recent release from prison for forgery.

Ponton was one of about 20 guests at the party, which by all accounts, was going smoothly until the fighting began.

Witnesses said things began to get heated between Ponton and Buffum when Ponton tried to flirt with a single girl at the party.

After exchanging words with each other, Buffum threw the first punch, prompting a brawl of sorts to begin.

Lt. Tom Copeland and Chief Deputy Terry Simons, both of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, confirmed alcohol was present at the house, however, it was not known whether Ponton or Buffum, aka "DJ", were intoxicated during the fight.

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

Buffum fled the scene shortly after the incident, but later turned himself in to authorities at the hospital.

Although not the property owner, Buffum was reportedly staying temporarily at the house where the fight occurred.

Ponton was a guest at the party.

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

Buffum, who is being represented by defense attorney Jerry Clark, was indicted for the stabbing in September 2010.

The Victoria County District Attorney's Office will prosecute the crime.



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