Updated - Witnesses describe Butler as calm, unconcerned after shooting

Walt Butler

Walt Butler

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 05:09 PM.

The Walt Butler murder trial continued Wednesday with State Attorney Robert Sombathy calling a string of witnesses to the stand.

Police officers who responded to the shooting at Pine Ridge Apartments on July 30, 2012 recounted the evening’s events.

According to the officers, when they arrived on scene, Butler and his friend Robert Lynn, who was also in the apartment when Everett Gant was shot, came outside and were ordered to the ground.

Lynn complied while Butler retreated back indoors, closing the door behind him. All officers agreed that Butler’s noncompliance raised tension at the scene of the crime.

“Anytime firearms are involved, you’re worried that someone else might get shot,” said former Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent from the stand.

Deputies Richard Burkett and Vincent Everett along with Nugent, who ultimately made contact with Butler, reported smelling alcohol about his person and said that throughout the process, Butler maintained a blank demeanor.

“He was calm and unconcerned with what was going on at the time,” said Burkett.

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