Panola man charged after shooting wife multiple times

Published 6:20 pm Monday, November 1, 2021

A Sardis woman is recovering from gunshot wounds at an area hospital, and her husband has been charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault. The shooting happened near the couple’s home on Hwy. 51 between Batesville and Sardis over the Halloween weekend.

Panola County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they responded to a call early Sunday morning, Oct. 31, of a woman shot in her vehicle. The victim, Pam Kirby Buice, was able to drive herself to Panola Medical Center despite the multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators interviewed her at the emergency room.

A family friend said Buice was hit with at least seven rounds. She underwent surgery over the weekend to remove a bullet lodged near a kidney, and was expected to have further surgery later this week. Reports said she was in stable condition Monday evening.

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Arrested was her husband, Lester Leon Buice, 51, of 19190 Hwy. 51, Sardis. He was charged and booked at the jail about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Buice was given a $100,000 bond by Justice Court Judge Michael Darby Sunday afternoon, posted bail, and was released about 4 p.m. the same day. In Mississippi, bond cannot be denied a person charged with any crime less than a capital crime or in cases where a person is already under a bond for another crime and commits a felony.

The $100,000 bond Darby set was higher than normal for the charge. Many domestic violence and aggravated assaults bonds are $20,000 to $40,000. Bond is not punishment for a person accused of a crime, and is only applied in relation to the perceived flight risk of a person arrested and charged.

Investigators confirmed Monday that another person, an unidentified female, was also at the scene and witnessed Buice firing the shots at this wife. They declined to say whether that person will be charged with any accessory crimes, but did say that she has been questioned.

Buice may face more charges as the investigation unfolds, according to authorities.