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Buis pleads guilty to manslaughter

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Van Bibber Lake man accused of shooting death his neighbor in April has pled guilty to a Class B felony count of voluntary manslaughter.

Matthew Buis, 40, was originally charged with a Class A felony count of voluntary manslaughter. A plea agreement reduced the charge to a Class B felony.

Buis was in court Monday, where Judge Matthew Headley found a factual basis for Buis' plea and entered a judgement of conviction. Headley ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and set Buis' sentencing for Dec. 21.

Buis' case was set to go to trial on Dec. 8.

Buis was arrested on April 28 in connection with the April 27 shooting death of Clifford Hulse, 57. The two men lived across the street from one another, court records said.

Buis' bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

A motion for Buis's release citing Indiana Criminal Rule 4 was filed on Nov. 1 (C.R. 4 says a defendant must be released on his or her own recognizance if it has been more than six months after an arrest and a trial has not commenced and the defendant has been held in jail). The state responded to the motion on Nov. 5, pointing out that all delays of Buis' trial were a result of Buis's own actions.

Headley denied that motion without a hearing.

An eyewitness to Hulse's shooting told authorities he had been playing cards with Hulse and another man at Hulse's home on April 27, and that Buis had arrived at Hulse's residence around 2 a.m.

Some time later, the witness said, Hulse and Buis began arguing. Hulse ordered Buis to leave, the witness said, but Buis refused.

The witness said Buis then pulled a handgun from his pocket and fired two rounds -- one over Hulse's head, and a second that struck Hulse.

After Hulse was shot, court records said, Buis returned home. Police were called to the Hulse home just after 3 a.m., and Hulse was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of Hulse's death was determined to be a single gunshot wound to the mid-chest. The bullet struck an artery, and Hulse bled to death.

Buis has said at previous court appearances that he shot Hulse in self-defense, claiming Hulse came after him with a filet knife.

A Class B felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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Well i for one will be there on this day this man pleas out this is so buis like.everyone forgets he went home to get the gun.this runs in the family his brother kills his brothers dog his sister walks out on a 3 yr old baby and sends death threats to the man she was with seems they are a bunch of killers i am a friend of the buis's but after watching all this think i need to be with a better class of people there is something really wrong here they all should get help..Matt should do life his brother and sister

need to be in a nuthouse somewhere Killers they are i live at vbl its time we take a stand to people like this and have them removed there homes are trash..they all pile in together with no room its no wonder they go nuts i for one and standing up for my rights as a home owner Buis's Get help

-- Posted by Det on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 1:46 PM

first off i am said man yes i did get a death threat not really sure why but to go bashing the whole family is not your place...i find it hard you know all this yet only name you use is matt's

Every family has issues.but i still hold that family in high regards and would also put my self with them again if chance be given.i wont hide behind a fake name im Jeff and yes i was with his sister Sondra and even tho im not with her i will still defend her and her family.one bad judgement does not make a famliy bad..and you seem to know alot about where they live and with whom please feel free to come out from behind the name Det Matt Sondra and the rest of the buis family i love you guys stay strong

-- Posted by jeff1971 on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 4:59 PM

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