Updated - Witnesses describe Butler as calm, unconcerned after shooting

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

After Butler told the dispatcher that he’d shot a man who tried to get into his home, he explained that he was a white man and the man he had shot was black.

The phone receiver was then set down and Butler could be overheard in the background asking Lynn to bring him another beer.

An unanswered question lingering over the courtroom was who opened the sliding glass door.

Dunham, who said he followed Gant to the apartment trying to defuse the situation, said that Lynn opened the door and Butler immediately fired his .22 rifle.

Lynn testified that Gant aggressively opened it himself, but witnesses who lived in the apartment complex maintained that the door was kept locked at all times.

“The door is always locked,” said Dunham. “Everyone knows that.”

In his testimony, Lynn said that Butler’s door was always locked as a rule.

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