Some details of the investigation that led to an arrest in a recent homicide in Yucca are laid out in a probable cause statement for a search warrant filed at the Mohave County Courthouse. Sheriff’s Detective Mike Stout stated that Buddy Wallace, 24, Yucca, asked a witness for directions to the home of the victim and was seen walking in that direction at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11.
Concerned neighbors conducting a welfare check found the victim, 70-year-old Charles McCarty, stabbed to death inside his travel trailer about 8:43 a.m. Monday, October 12. His pickup truck and wallet were reportedly missing.
Wallace was interviewed Tuesday morning, October 13 but denied knowledge or involvement in the homicide. Stout’s affidavit said Wallace claimed he hadn’t been to McCarty’s residence since doing some yard-work for him back in February.
Ongoing investigation led to a subsequent interview with Wallace. The Sheriff’s office said Wallace admitted involvement in the homicide and that he was arrested and jailed for first degree murder on Friday, October 16.
Stout’s affidavit also noted that, prior to the homicide, Wallace had been identified as a possible suspect in the theft of firearms during burglaries in the Yucca area.