Butler requests murder charges be dismissed

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

Investigators discovered Butler had been making similar racial slurs to other children in the complex in the days leading up to the incident.

The woman became upset and left Butler’s apartment. Gant, an African-American, went to Butler’s apartment to discuss the racial comments.

Butler claims that Gant came to the residence and attempted to enter through the sliding door in a “threatening and aggressive manner” while making threats of bodily harm.

Butler shot Gant between the eyes with a .22 rifle and shut his door, leaving Gant to bleed outside.

Butler called 911, finished cooking supper, sat down and began eating, the arresting affidavit details.

Nugent arrived on the scene and contacted Butler by phone, at which time Butler told Nugent to come in, that Butler was eating dinner and had put up the gun. Nugent said Butler, who had been drinking, acted as if “inconvenienced” when put under arrest, saying he could not understand the problem as “he had only shot a (racial slur).”

Butler acknowledged shooting Gant, who died six weeks to the day after the shooting.

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