‘Stand your ground’ at center of hearing

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

Butler answered the door and announced to Lynn that it was, “Pam and a little (racial epithet).”

Offended, Rogers, who was babysitting the child for a friend, immediately left the premises and went to a residence several units away.

During a subsequent interview with Gulf County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Tolbert, Rogers said that Butler and Lynn “talk in plain language” and said they made racial remarks “all the time.”

Tolbert asked Rogers why complaints hadn’t been filed with the apartment owner, but Rogers indicated that they wouldn’t do any good since Butler had lived there for so long.

Butler took his mother home to St. Joe Beach and upon returning to his apartment, the child’s mother confronted him and asked if he had, in fact, used a racially-insensitive word toward her son.

According to Butler’s statement, he said, “That’s what he is… a little (racial epithet).”

In his statement, Butler seemed confused as to why the woman found this so upsetting.

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