by Shannon Cay
BERRYVILLE, Ark. – A man accused of a February murder in rural Carroll County may have information from the night of his arrest suppressed in court, after his lawyer files new motions.
Court records show Public Defense Attorney Joseph Tobler claims 43-year-old Christopher Butler from Eureka Springs was questioned by arresting Deputy Janet Galland – who no longer works with the department – before being read his Miranda rights the night of the fatal incident on February 20th.
Butler is accused of shooting and killing 30-year-old John Keck from Eureka Springs, and then planting a gun on his persons.
In the police report, Butler tells investigators he had special permission to be on the rural property, so he could hunt feral hogs. He said Keck was trespassing, causing the initial confrontation.
Furthermore, the filed motion claims Investigator Jerry Williams continued to ask Butler questions the night of the arrest, after he asked for a lawyer.
Butler pleaded not guilty to both first-degree murder and tampering with evidence on May the third. His next court appearance is slated for July 18th.