W.Va. Man Had 15-Year Criminal History Before Murders

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In a three-part series, The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa. takes a look at accused shooter John Wayne Strawser Jr. and what the newspaper calls “breakdowns within the criminal justice system.” The lives of Timothy Davison, a 28-year-old Maine man trying to get home from Florida, and Amy Lou Buckingham, a 38-year-old West Virginia mother of three, were cut short by gunfire. One man, John Wayne Strawser Jr., 39, of Terra Alta, W.Va., allegedly squeezed the trigger in both cases.

Strawser has a more than 15-year criminal history of violence and obsessive behavior. Despite that, he served little time in jail before he was accused of murder. The criminal justice systems in West Virginia and Maryland had many opportunities to rehabilitate or incapacitate Strawser, including times that directly surround both killings. The Sentinel spoke with three women who he allegedly stalked and harassed around the time of the two murders. All had complaints with authorities’ handling of their cases.

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