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QUESTION: An employee where I worked flew into Sacramento on Saturday, June 22, after being called by police somewhere in that area regarding the killing of our employee's husband's father. I believe the last name would be Buffington. The killing was committed in the home of the person, I believe. Can you direct me to any stories regarding this?
Submitted by: John, Broken Arrow, Okla.
ANSWER: Don Warner Buffington, 62, has been identified as the man who was stabbed to death at his Napa home during an apparent burglary last week.
According to an online story at Napa Valley Register.com and online television news accounts, 24-year-old Adrian Madrigal, a transient, was charged today with murder, robbery, burglary and vehicle theft in the case.
Madrigal is accused of forcing entry to Buffington's home about 11 p.m. Thursday and stealing jewelry. When he was confronted by Buffington, Madrigal allegedly stabbed Buffington in the chest, killing him. Police said he then drove away in Buffington's 2008 Chevy TrailBlazer.
He was stopped about 4 p.m. Friday by a California Highway Patrol officer near Lake Berryessa for a traffic violation. The TrailBlazer had no license plates and the CHP officer found jewelry inside the vehicle.
The CHP officer determined the vehicle was registered to Buffington's Napa address and notified police. When officers went to the residence Friday evening, they found blood smeared on the back door and Buffington's body inside.
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