by Shannon Cay
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. – A man from Eureka Springs, facing first degree murder charges, pleads not guilty in court on Monday.
Court records show 43-year-old Christopher Butler appeared in front of Judge Scott Jackson with a public defender to make a plea of innocence to both first degree murder and tampering with evidence.
Butler is accused of shooting 30-year-old John Keck from Eureka Springs out in a rural Carroll County area and planting a gun on his persons February 20th of this year. In the police report, Butler tells investigators he had special permission to be on the rural property, so he could hunt feral hogs and Keck was trespassing, causing the initial confrontation.
According to the affidavit from Carroll County investigators, Butler claims Keck displayed a firearm first.
Judge Jackson set Butler’s bond to 30-thousand dollars and slated his next court appearance for May 9th.