Donnell Buckner’s 12-year-old stepdaughter took the witness stand this morning and described witnessing him shoot her mother to death last month in the family’s Lehigh Street home.
“I heard a boom, and then I heard her start screaming. I was running downstairs and heard another one – a gunshot,” she said. “I then saw my stepfather standing over my mom, shooting her.”
The girl testified for more than an hour this morning at Buckner’s preliminary hearing on homicide charges.
Buckner, 34, is accused of gunning down his wife, Kewaii Rogers-Buckner, 31, at 134 Lehigh St. on March 29 in front of their three children.
Rogers-Buckner had filed a protection from abuse order against him three days earlier that evicted him from the residence and forbid him from contacting her.
The girl testified she heard her mother and Buckner arguing about the PFA.
“He told her to drop the PFA. She said, ‘No, I’m not dropping it,’” the girl testified.
The girl said Buckner fled, and called the home several minutes later while she was on the phone with 911.
“I said, 'Daddy, why did you kill mommy? Why did you kill our mom?”
Buckner tried several times to speak to the girl, and Amesbury scolded him for whispering and making faces.
Also testifying on behalf of the Commonwealth were Luzerne County Coroner John Corcoran and city police officer Joseph Ziegler.
“Kewaii Rogers-Buckner was hunted by the defendant on March 29 and was executed at point-blank range,” Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino told Amesbury.