Murder trial rescheduled for July

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 08:48 AM.

The pre-trial hearing was rescheduled for May 21 with the final hearing anticipated to occur in July, Gay said.

According to the original arresting affidavit from former Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent, an incident occurred during the afternoon of July 30 when a woman came to Butler’s apartment in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex on Garrison Avenue with a child along.

Butler, a white male, used a racial slur to refer to the child.

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 animus.

Upon arriving at the apartment, 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 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.

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