Van Buren man accused of Cumberland County murder to appear in court
by Kim Swindell Wood | May 17, 2018 1:12 pm
A bond reduction hearing that was scheduled to take place for a Spencer man accused of murdering a Cumberland County man has been postponed until September.
In February 2018, a Cumberland County grand jury brought forth an indictment against a Van Buren County man on multiple charges, including murder.
According to information that was obtained from the Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Billy Joe Wannyn, 47, of Spencer, was indicted Feb. 26, 2018 on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of Crossville resident Albin Von Buechel, 71.
On Jan. 20, 2018, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff Department were dispatched to Buechel’s home for a welfare check. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff Department, family members had been unable to get in touch with Buechel.
Upon arrival, deputies found the two-story residence unsecured and conducted a check of the home. Once deputies made entry into the residence, the body of Buechel was discovered on the floor, with multiple stab wounds.
Following an investigation by the Cumberland County Sheriff Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, it was determined that Wannyn was the primary person of interest in this case. The Cumberland County Sheriff Department was not able to initially locate Wannyn but later found that he was being held at the White County Justice Center on a violation of probation charge.
According to court documents, Wannyn had been held at the White County Justice Center since Jan. 22, 2018. On Feb. 24, 2018, Wannyn was transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center to await further legal proceedings for the murder of Buechel.
On Feb. 26, 2018, Cumberland County Criminal Court set Wannyn’s bond at $1.5 million. Wannyn later reappeared in Cumberland County Criminal Court, on March 19, 2018, for arraignment procedures.
During Wannyn’s arraignment for the murder charges, Wannyn was appointed a public defender to represent him for the case and entered into a plea of not guilty. He was scheduled to return to court, on May 15, 2018, for a bond reduction hearing. However, that bond hearing was postponed, and Wannyn is not scheduled to reappear in Cumberland County Criminal Court until Sept. 12, 2018.
Wannyn is still being held on a $1.5 million bond at the Cumberland County Justice Center.