After eight long months the family of Alex Buckman finally got an answer in the young man's disappearance.
It's the outcome Alex Buckman's family dreaded but feared was coming.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Alex's body was found in a landfill in Abbeville County, South Carolina.
Deputies say Buckman was killed at a home on Oxford Street in Spartanburg. They say three men are involved in his murder: Karlton Brockman, Ralph Fleming, and Louis Patterson.
Buckman's sister Lacretia Stanton says, " If you have that gut feeling that won't go away, stick with it, and we've known from day one."
Stanton says she knew that Ralph Fleming had something to do with her brother's disappearance. Fleming was the last person to be seen with Buckman and back in December, Fleming's brother, Clifton Fleming, allegedly shot and killed Shamon Martin.
Investigators say Buckman heard those fatal shots. Stanton says, "You got people in your ear saying, no he snitched but I know that animosity played a part."
What Stanton didn't know was that for eight months, police say that someone close to the Buckman's not only played a part in her brother's death, but she says was also playing the part of a concerned friend.
That close family friend was Karlton Brockman. He now sits behind bars accused of Buckman's murder but back in June he also sat at a gospel event for Buckman as well. Stanton says, "You feel betrayed, someone that you opened your doors to."
Police are not yet rekeasing details on how they were led to Buckman's body.
They are focusing their efforts on the upcoming trial.
The Buckman family says they also feel relieved that the truth has finally come to light, and in a strange way that their prayers have been answered. Stanton says, "He knew that Cresha was going to save the day. I'm glad..we have him, he's at home."