Butler murder trial in review

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

The testimony of Butler housemate Robert Lynn conflicted with his earlier depositions, and the witness said he had drunk numerous beers prior to talking with the attorneys and before his time on the stand at the trial.

Lynn said Dunham wasn’t with Gant when he arrived.

“I wasn’t scared,” said Lynn, recalling the moment when Gant arrived at Butler’s sliding glass door. “He dropped like a sack of taters.”

Lynn said he didn’t know the victim and thought that Gant was the father of the boy that Butler had directed racially-insensitive comments towards that ultimately set off the chain reaction.

Sombathy played the two 911 calls made on the night of the shooting.

The first was from a panicked Dunham and the second from Butler which was delivered in a calm and casual demeanor. Butler told the operator that he’d shot a man who had forced his way into the apartment and was making threats.

Lynn got on the phone briefly to corroborate the story and then set down the receiver. In the background, Butler could be heard asking Lynn to get him another beer.

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