Testimony shows defendant sought advice on his case from fellow inmate

Gheni Platenburg, Victoria Advocate

Originally published November 3, 2011 at 7:39 p.m.

Daulton Jakob Buffum sought another inmate's advice in the Victoria County jail on whether to claim self-defense or innocence in a fatal stabbing last year, according to testimony given in day three of Buffum's trial.

Buffum, 21, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 20-year-old William Lance Ponton at a house party in the 1500 block of West Beck in August 2010.

From the stand, Joe Cavazos told jurors the defendant, whose cell was next to his, initiated a conversation with him about a month ago regarding the murder case.

During the early morning conversation between the two men, Cavazos said Buffum shared the details of what happened the night of Aug. 3, 2010.

According to Cavazos, Buffum said that Ponton, who had brass knuckles in his possession, had been talking trash to him that night and that he did not want to take any chances, so he hit Ponton first.

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