Public defender approved for man who allegedly tried to kill wife

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2013 at 12:00 am

DA waiting on blood tests in Carlton murder

ALBION The public defender will represent Dennis Buehler, a Kendall resident who is accused of shooting his wife and setting his house on fire on March 4.

Buehler allegedly shot his wife with a shotgun during an argument. His wife, Linda Buehler, ran from the house, which Buehler then allegedly set on fire. The Buehlers’ house at 923 Peter Smith Rd. was destroyed by the fire.

His wife survived the gunshot wound to her shoulder. Buehler, 64, has been charged of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree arson.

Mrs. Buehler has filed for divorce, which has frozen Buehler’s assets. He can’t hire an attorney so Orleans County Court Judge James Punch assigned Public Defender Sanford Church to the job on Monday. Buehler can still hire his own attorney if he can work out paying for one.

Buehler is scheduled to reappear in County Court on July 1.

In another high-profile case, Orleans County District Attorney Joe Cardone said it will take about six more weeks for results to come back on blood tests in a Carlton murder on March 4.

Cardone is waiting for results from blood samples at the scene and two blood trails. Frederick Miller, 61, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly bludgeoning and stabbing his live-in girlfriend Rachel Miller.

She was found dead about 150 yards east of Miller’s house on Oak Orchard River Road by an Albion Central School bus driver.

The Niagara County Forensics Lab is doing the blood analysis for the Orleans County DA.

The two crimes both occurred the same day. Cardone said he is working to have both cases ready to go to trial in the fall.

Miller is scheduled to reappear in County Court on July 8.