Butler murder trial in review


Walt Butler was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2012 shooting of Everett Gant.

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 09:43 AM.

At the end of a four-day trial last week, a jury found Walt Butler guilty of second-degree murder.

Butler faces life in prison and will be sentenced on Dec. 12.

The case

On July 30, 2012 at Pine Ridge Apartments in Port St. Joe, Butler used a racial slur to describe a young black child that caused Butler’s friend, and Gant’s girlfriend, Pam Rogers to become upset.

Later that evening, when Rogers told her boyfriend about the situation, he said that he was going to talk to Butler and only minutes later Gant was shot between the eyes with a .22 rifle.

The arresting affidavit described an intoxicated Butler expressing disbelief in being arrested, using vile and racial language.

During pre-trial hearings, Butler’s Public Defender Mark Sims made a motion to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to have Butler’s case thrown out entirely, a motion that was later denied and the trial began on Monday, Nov. 18.

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