Return of Stoughton, Mass. Murder Suspect Arrested in New York Could Take Weeks

Victor Carter has been arrested on a warrant for the murder of Amber Buckner, authorities said Saturday; he has declined to voluntarily return to Massachusetts for his arraignment

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A man arrested in New York on a murder charge in connection to a woman's death last week in Stoughton will not return voluntarily to Massachusetts, authorities said Monday.

Victor Carter, 39, was taken into custody on a Stoughton District Court warrant for the murder of Amber Buckner, the Norfolk District Attorney's Office said in a press release. He has declined to be voluntarily returned to Massachusetts, which means the DA's office will have to obtain a governor's warrant. A governor's warrant, as the name suggests, must be signed off on by the governor and delivered with a state seal to start the extradition process. That process could take weeks, the DA noted.

Buckner, 40, was found dead in a shed behind a Park Street home shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, leading to a search for her alleged killer.

Carter was located early Saturday afternoon at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department working with members of the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section of the Massachusetts State Police, the DA said.

Authorities did not say what led them to identify Carter as the suspect in Buckner's killing but did say the two had a relationship history.

Amber Buckner was remembered as generous, fun-loving, happy and kind.

One of Buckner's friends told NBC10 Boston on Wednesday that Buckner was a survivor of domestic violence in the past, but she couldn't think of anyone who could want to harm her now.

"I heard that she was found in a shed in Stoughton and that she was stabbed in the head," Jessica Ferris said.

Officials have said very little about how Buckner died, only saying her injuries were significant and it was "pretty simple" for police to figure out from what they saw.

A couple with ties to the home called 911 on Tuesday after they found Buckner unresponsive and with obvious traumatic injuries in the outbuilding. Investigators have said they believe Buckner was killed sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

The district attorney wants Massachusetts residents to know that the statewide domestic violence services hotline, SafeLink, can be reached by calling 877-785-2020.

“If you do not feel safe in your relationship, or you know someone who is not safe in their relationship, calling SafeLink at 877-785-2020 is a confidential first step on the path to safety,” Morrissey said.

Carter will be held in New York until he can be returned to Massachusetts for his arraignment. It was not immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney who could speak to his arrest or the charge he's facing.

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