Man accused of murdering daughter pleads not guilty
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.
Trent Butt at the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s last Wednesday.