‘Stand your ground’ at center of hearing

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

Dunham went on to tell deputies that the man who made threats toward Butler and Lynn was in fact, the father of the boy with Rogers, not Gant.

Butler reported that Gant pounded on the door and yelled physical threats. Butler approached the door and what happened next is in dispute.

Butler and Lynn told police that Gant opened the sliding glass door and attempted to come into the house, but Dunham, who was right behind Gant, told a different story and claimed that Lynn was on his knees and pulled open the door.

“He’s always on his knees because he gets drunk and can’t walk,” Dunham told deputies. “This was all a setup.”

As Gant made his way into the apartment, Butler grabbed a nearby .22 caliber rifle, pulled the trigger, and fired, hitting Gant between the eyes. Gant fell in the doorway, half inside and half outside of the apartment.

Dunham said he tried to pull Gant out, but ran for cover when Butler began reloading the weapon.

Butler said in his statement that the gun didn’t always work, but he was glad it fired. He feared what would have happened otherwise.



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