The Walt Butler pre-trial date has been moved – again.
During the original pre-trial hearing earlier this month, Butler’s public defender Henry Sims asked Judge John Fishel for an additional two to three hours so that new motions could be filed.
Fishel blocked out the hours across several days in October and November, but now the pre-trial has been condensed to 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Gulf County courthouse with the official trial set to begin two weeks later on Monday, Nov. 18.
According to Sims and prosecutor Robert Sombathy, the trial is expected to last two to three days.
Butler is charged with shooting and killing Everett Gant in July of last year in Port St. Joe.
Gant approached Butler’s Pine Ridge apartment after Butler had been accused of using racial slurs directed at children in the apartment complex. Butler shot Gant between the eyes with a .22 rifle and left him bleeding on the doorstep before calling 911 and sitting back down to finish his dinner.
He expressed inconvenience at being arrested for shooting a “(racial epithet),” according to the arresting affidavit.
Six weeks after the shooting Gant passed away from the injuries.