Butler pretrial delayed again

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

Assistant State Attorney Robert Sombathy said that he was aware of the record Sims sought and would ensure access was given.

Fishel also noted that Butler was hard of hearing and asked Sims if he had requested a hearing aid be made available during the trial.

Sims said that he looked into it, but reported that Gulf County courts do not provide hearing aids.

Fishel insisted that a request could be made and both parties agreed to look into it further.

Butler’s trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Gulf County Courthouse, less than one week after the pretrial.

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.

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