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[Original Publish Date: 02/08/21]
OCALA, Florida – Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney William “Bill” Gladson has appointed career prosecutor Rich Buxman to fill a newly-created position, Chief of Homicide Prosecution, according to a press release.
Buxman “brings 23 years of experience to the role,” the release states, and explains he will be overseeing the prosecution of all homicide cases circuit-wide – an area encompassing more than 1.2 million Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus and Hernando citizens.
“Homicides are some of the most important and complex cases this office handles,” Gladson stated, “Rich Buxman, with his years of trial experience, even temperament, and dedication to justice for victims and families, is the perfect person for the job.” Buxman himself said, “Our homicide unit is made up of some of the most experienced and capable prosecutors in the circuit.” He added, “Their dedication and talent and hard work will ensure that these cases will be handled with the utmost diligence and care.”
Gladson – a career prosecutor – took office in Jan. 2021 as the elected State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit; Buxman began working as an assistant state attorney within the circuit in 1998.
James Hope is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer who has been practicing criminal law in Tavares, Florida, since 1987. He has also been the Publisher and Executive Editor of Lake Legal News since 2009. He may be contacted at LakeLegalNews@gmail.com, or through his website at www.AttorneyJamesHope.com. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]