SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah's district attorney is appealing a judge's decision to throw out five-year-old charges in the rape and slaying of a young girl in a ruling that concluded prosecutors violated the suspect's right to a speedy trial.
The Savannah Morning News reports prosecutors filed notice in Chatham County Superior Court last week that they will appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court. If the May 30 ruling by Judge Penny Haas Freesemann stands, the man charged with raping and killing 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore will never stand trial.
The suspect, Bobby Lavon Buckner, was the boyfriend of the slain girl's mother. Though she was killed in 2003, Buckner wasn't charged until 2007.
The judge's ruling cited constant delays and allegations that evidence had been lost.