UPDATED: Victim of ‘hate crime’ shooting dies

Walton Butler

Walton Butler

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM.

UPDATED, Tuesday, Sept. 18:

Everett Gant of Port St. Joe died Monday night in Bay Medical Center six weeks to the day after he was shot in the head in what authorities have labeled a hate crime.

Gant, 32, had not left BMC or regained consciousness since being shot in the Pine Ridge Apartments in Port St. Joe the night of July 30.

Walton Henry Butler, 59, was arrested in the shooting on attempted murder charges with a hate crime enhancement.

Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent said he would sit down with the State Attorney on the exact process, but that Butler would be charged with an open count of murder.

Butler was arrainged on the new charges Tuesday.

Nugent indicated the hate crime enhancement would remain on the new charge of murder.

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