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Man Found Guilty In Killing of Grant Police Chief

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:22 pm

HUNTSVILLE Ala. - A jury in Marshall County found a man guilty of capital murder and attempted murder in the August 2003 killing of Grant Police Chief Verlon Lemaster.

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes yesterday before convicting 22-year-old Brian Butler.

Circuit Judge Tim Jolley sentenced Butler to two consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole for the murder of Lemaster and attempting to shoot former Madison County Sheriff's Department investigator Mark Adams.

The two men had come to a Grant home to pick up Butler then a 17-year-old runaway when he emerged from a closet shooting.

Butler maintains he never shot Lemaster and showed no emotion when the verdict.

Jolley said during sentencing that Butler showed no remorse and probably deserved the death penalty. But that was not an option because Butler was 17 at the time of the murder.

Butler's co-defendant Jerid Eldridge is awaiting a trial date.

Web Producer- Brett Haas

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