On May 19, 2019, Auburn Police officer William Buechner, 37, died while on duty. Now, the man charged with capital murder in his death is on trial in Lee County.

Grady Wilkes, 33, of Auburn, is accused of shooting three officers with an AR-15 while they were responding to a domestic violence call.

Testimony during the trial revealed Wilkes was wearing his National Guard body armor and helmet and carrying a shield in the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park when he shot at the officers.

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Auburn police officer William Buechner

Buechner and two others were wounded. Prosecutors said Buechner was running towards the sound of gunshots to assist other officers when he was struck by multiple shots. According to reports, his body camera footage was played during the trial. After he was shot, he fell into a ditch, and you can hear him say, “Lord, please help me.”

Wilkes pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect. If he is found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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