Lawyer wants Trent Butt to avoid court­room ap­pear­ances

Car­bon­ear man ac­cused of mur­der­ing daugh­ter re­turns to court

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

June 17 might rep­re­sent the last time ac­cused mur­derer Trent Spencer Butt ap­pears in court in any fash­ion.

Prior to his client’s sec­ond ap­pear­ance at pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace Fri­day, de­fence lawyer Mike King filed a re­quest to rep­re­sent Butt in fu­ture ap­pear­ances. That means Butt would be free from hav­ing to sit down in front of a com­puter mon­i­tor at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s.

For Fri­day’s ap­pear­ance, the re­quest was de­nied, but it is some­thing that will be dis­cussed be­tween King, the court and crown pros­e­cu­tor Lloyd Strick­land go­ing for­ward.

Some of the dozen or so fam­ily mem­bers and their sup­port­ers au­di­bly gasped when King men­tioned his re­quest via video link.

Both Judge Colin Flynn and Butt also ap­peared via video link. Strick­land was in the Har­bour Grace court­room.

Butt dis­played next to no emo­tion as he sat in front of the mon­i­tor. He didn’t flinch when a re­porter asked whether he was guilty of mur­der­ing his five-year-old daugh­ter Quinn.

Car­bon­ear fire­fight­ers found Butt and his daugh­ter in­side a burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights April 24. Butt was charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son a few days later.

Butt’s gaze stayed ahead as he lis­tened to the pro­ceed­ings.

Those pro­ceed­ings were brief as King men­tioned he needed time to go over dis­clo­sure.

He’ll get just over a month to do so. Butt’s case will re­turn to pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on July 19 at 1:30 p.m. Whether, he makes an ap­pear­ance re­mains to be seen.

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Ac­cused mur­derer Trent Butt, of Car­bon­ear, made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance at pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on Fri­day.

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