Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 22, 2013

Special prosecutor appointed to Mercer County murder case

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A special prosecutor was appointed this morning to handle a murder case in which the victim had relatives working in the county court system.

Gerald Little, 60, of Princeton, appeared for a status and motions hearing in Mercer County Circuit Court before Judge John Hrko, the senior status judge assigned to the case. Little was arrested in March 2012 after the murder of Jerry Buckner, 57, of Princeton, who was found at his home on Honaker Avenue. Little is facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and burglary. Buckner was the brother of former magistrate and sheriff Harold Buckner.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ed Bibb, who serves at the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, was assigned to the case, according to information at the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

A motion for a change of venue was not addressed today. A hearing about that motion was scheduled for Feb. 28. Little waived his right to a trial during the current term of the Mercer County Circuit Court. The new term begins in late February. Little is currently at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

For more about the case and the upcoming change of venue hearing, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit