The waiting game continues.
Walt Butler stood silent but attentive during his pre-trial hearing on Tuesday as public defender Henry Sims told Judge John Fishel that two more motions needed to be filed.
According to Sims, those motions were expected to take 2-3 hours to complete.
Butler’s trial date is set for Nov. 18 and Fishel said that he had limited availability before the trial is expected to take place.
The judge booked three hours across three days to allow Sims to enter the motions. The hearings will take place from 3-4 p.m. ET Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Oct. 29 and from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Nov. 14.
Sims filed a motion in September for Fishel to reconsider Butler’s bond status, but no decision had yet been reached.
According to Sims and prosecutor Robert Sombathy, the trial next month is expected to last 2-3 days.
“Sometimes they go faster than you think, sometimes slower,” said Sims.
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.