Lawyer wants Trent Butt to avoid courtroom appearances
Carbonear man accused of murdering daughter returns to court
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.
Accused murderer Trent Butt, of Carbonear, made his second appearance at provincial court in Harbour Grace on Friday.