‘Stand your ground’ at center of hearing

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

Minutes later, Gant had regained enough consciousness to crawl out of the residence and onto the back porch. Butler shut the sliding glass door, “so insects wouldn’t get inside the apartment.”

The aftermath

Encouraged by Lynn, Butler called 911 immediately and reported the incident. He then sat down and ate part of his dinner. EMS was on scene seven minutes later.

When Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent arrived on scene, he called Butler prior to approaching the residence. Butler told the officer that he had put up the gun.

After Butler had given his statement, Tolbert told the shooter that he was being taken to jail for his safety.

“There’s a bunch of people gathering up around here that’s not very happy,” said Tolbert.

Deputies also spoke with Pamela Silcox, who works in the Pine Ridge offices. She had seen Butler and Lynn earlier in the day. Investigator Greg Skipper asked her if the men appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence.



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