Man ac­cused of mur­der­ing daugh­ter pleads not guilty

The Compass - - News - BY ROSIE MULLALEY

The man ac­cused of killing his young daugh­ter and then set­ting fire to his house in Car­bon­ear has pleaded not guilty to mur­der and ar­son.

Trent Spencer Butt en­tered the pleas last Wed­nes­day at New­found­land Supreme Court in St. John’s.

When he did, the mother and fam­ily of Quinn Butt — the lit­tle girl Butt is sus­pected of killing — and some of her fam­ily who were in the court­room broke down in tears.

Butt is charged with first­de­gree mur­der and ar­son in re­la­tion to the death of Quinn, his five- year- old daugh­ter. Butt and Quinn were found in­side his burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights in Car­bon­ear April 24, 2016.

De­fence lawyer Mike King and Crown prose­cu­tor Lloyd Strick­land agreed to have the trial be­gin March 26, 2018.

Strick­land, how­ever, told Jus­tice Don­ald Bur­rage that he wanted it known the Crown would be ready for an ear­lier date.

Bur­rage said the court sched­ule is full this year. How­ever, if ear­lier dates come up, the court will let lawyers know.

Butt was quiet as he was lead out of the court­room. Quinn’s fam­ily mem­bers hugged each other out­side the court­room be­fore leav­ing. They opted not to com­ment to re­porters.

ROSIE MULLALEY/TC ME­DIA

Trent Butt at the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador in St. John’s last Wed­nes­day.

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