Accused I-81 shooter found guilty of 2015 murder

Echo Pilot staff

The man who was charged with gunning down a motorist on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township nearly three years ago was sentenced this week to life without parole from the murder of his former girlfriend in West Virginia.

The process to bring John Strawser, 39, of Terra Alta, West Virginia, to Pennsylvania to stand trial in the shooting death of Timothy "Asti" Davison, 28, of Poland, Maine, has already started and it could happen quickly, according to Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal.

"I am hopeful that it will take no longer than a month," Fogal said in an e-mail last Thursday.

Chain of events

Strawser was charged with killing Davison in April 2015 after he was already in custody for killing Amy Buckingham in West Virginia. Strawser was implicated by a Waynesboro couple who believed that they were the people Strawser intended to kill on Jan. 4, 2014.

Jamie Breese told police that he and his wife Courtney came forward with the details about the Davison murder after Strawser was arrested for killing Buckingham.

Prosecutors say Buckingham was killed after she broke off her relationship with Strawser because she found out he was seeing other women. Buckingham was shot outside of her home in Tunnelton, according to reports from The Dominion Post in West Virginia.

Davison was shot and killed on Jan. 4, 2014, on northbound I-81 in Antrim Township as he was returning from Florida to Poland, Maine. Davison called police around 2 a.m. to report that a driver in another vehicle was chasing him in Maryland. Strawser is accused of running Davison off the road and shooting him in Pennsylvania.

Investigators believe Strawser mistook Davison's silver Mitsubishi Montero for the Breeses' Honda Pilot. Jamie Breese said that he and his wife knew Strawser and had contact with him on the night of Jan. 3, 2014, into the early morning of Jan. 4, according to a release from the Franklin County DA's office.