Butler murder trial in review

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

By the time the ambulance reached WindMark Beach, Gant had lost consciousness due to blood loss and brain swelling and slipped into a coma from which he never awoke.

Meanwhile, former Sheriff Joe Nugent made contact with Butler by phone and arrested him inside the apartment.

Yolanda Soto, a crime lab analyst, examined the rifle. She testified the extractor was missing from the weapon, meaning that it had to be reloaded manually and confirmed that Butler only had one shot.

Sims asked Soto about the stopping power of a .22 caliber bullet, which she said would not be effective against big game. Sims indicated that Butler only meant to stop Gant, though Sombathy reminded the jury that the rifle was the only weapon in the house.

The following day, Medical Examiner Michael Hunter took the stand and said that Gant had died six weeks after the shooting from complications of the injuries inflicted by the .22 caliber bullet.

Sims called on crime scene investigator Jay Smith, Jr. to ask why he never dusted for fingerprints on the handle of the sliding glass door.

If Gant opened the door, as Butler and Lynn suggested, it would potentially be proof of self-defense, though Dunham said that Lynn opened the door before Butler fired the weapon.



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