At­tempted mur­der trial set over

Man charged with try­ing to kill Trent Butt ap­pears in court, lawyers work­ing on res­o­lu­tions

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY TARA BRAD­BURY Tara.brad­bury@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: @tara_brad­bury

Lawyers in­volved in the case of a man ac­cused of try­ing to mur­der Trent Butt in prison say they are work­ing on a res­o­lu­tion.

Justin Jor­dan’s case was called in pro­vin­cial court in St. John’s Fri­day morn­ing, where Jor­dan, who ap­peared via video, was set to en­ter pleas on mul­ti­ple charges. Crown prose­cu­tor Ja­son House and de­fence lawyer Michael Ralph told the court they are in dis­cus­sions to re­solve the mat­ter, and asked that it be set over to Oct. 2.

Jor­dan, 26, is charged with at­tempted mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault, as­sault with a weapon, as­sault, mak­ing a false alarm of fire and four breaches of pro­ba­tion. Not all of the charges re­late to the in­ci­dent with Butt, who was stabbed dur­ing re­cre­ation time at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in June. He wasn’t se­ri­ously in­jured.

Butt is in jail await­ing trial on charges of first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son for the death of his five-year-old daugh­ter, Quinn Butt, last year. His jury trial will get un­der­way at Supreme Court in March.

Jor­dan, whose crim­i­nal record in­cludes con­vic­tions for as­sault, armed rob­bery and break and en­try, has been in jail since April, when he pleaded guilty and re­ceived a six-month sen­tence for an­other stab­bing in St. John’s.

On his first court ap­pear­ance af­ter be­ing ar­rested for at­tempt­ing to mur­der Butt, Jor­dan shouted to TV cam­eras, “Put your hands in the air for baby Quinn!”

FILE PHOTO

Justin Michael Jor­dan (aka Hussey) is led past re­porters on the way out of the court­room at pro­vin­cial court in St. John’s in a file photo.

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