Buis not guilty of murder

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Jury instead finds him guilty of fourth degree assault on Mark Ponder

By Charlie VanLeuven

By Charlie VanLeuven


Jason Buis, of Yosemite, was found guilty of misdemeanor fourth degree assault after a trial alleging he murdered Mark Ponder, 65, of Yosemite, in June 2016.

Ponder suffered a heart attack hours after a fight with Buis. Three days later he was taken off of life support and died.

The four-day trial featured emotional evidence from the prosecution and expert testimony, along with witnesses to the fight.

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