Butler convicted of second-degree murder

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

He said he had two beers prior to testifying Wednesday.

“Walt Butler and Robert Lynn are liars,” said Sombathy. “It’s hard to remember lies. It’s much easier to remember the truth.”

Sombathy pointed out that many of the witnesses were Butler’s friends but they had no reason to lie for him. Sombathy said that alcohol was the source of the bad decisions made by Butler.

“Hold the defendant responsible for what he did,” Sombathy told the jury. “You can’t take back that bullet. Everett Gant was killed over other people’s drama.”

The jury began their deliberation at 4:25 p.m. ET and had reached a verdict an hour later.

Emotion was high for members of defendant’s family as the verdict was read and a forlorn-looking Butler waved to his family as he exited the courtroom.

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