Butler convicted of second-degree murder

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 06:45 PM.

“They made up their minds what had happened. If that’s not a reasonable doubt, I don’t know what is.”

Witnesses that had been with Gant prior to him leaving his apartment to speak with Butler about Butler’s use of racial epithets toward a child testified they had asked him not to go.

Sims suggested that Gant must have been angry, further reinforcing that Butler acted in self-defense.

“This trial, like all other trials, has been a search for the truth,” said Sombathy. “Blood does not lie. It cannot change its story.”

Sombathy traced Gant’s attempt to escape Butler’s patio through the blood smears he left behind.

He also encouraged the jury to dismiss Robert Lynn’s testimony.

Lynn had been in the apartment with Butler when Gant was shot, but after providing contradicting statements during several depositions and from the witness stand, Lynn acknowledged he had been drinking heavily with Butler the day of the shooting and had been drinking prior to the depositions.

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