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Estranged husband, suspect in Newberry shooting death of wife of 50 years, dies in jail
The State ^ | 1/13/2014 | John Monk

Posted on 01/13/2014 10:15:26 AM PST by Gamecock

NEWBERRY, SC — The only suspect in a mysterious Newberry County killing died over the weekend in the Newberry County jail.

The suspect, Charles Butler, 76, of 305 East McKinley Street in Chambersburg, Pa was being held for the murder of his wife, Andreena Butler, 72, of US 176 in Newberry.

The Butlers had been married 50 years prior to a separation last year, and evidence showed Charles Butler snuck down to South Carolina and killed his wife, then went back to Pennsylvania, law enforcement officials said.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said Sunday an autopsy showed Charles Butler died of a heart condition.

The discovery of Andreena Butler’s body in her house by a friend several weeks before Christmas at first puzzled law enforcement officers.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the friend –who had repeatedly tried to contact Andreena Butler – went to her house where she lived alone.

Unable to get anyone to answer the door, the friend broke into a locked garage door and spotted Butler lying on the floor through the window of a second door.

Authorities arriving on the scene found Butler dead and a small pool of blood nearby. The cause of death was not obvious.

An autopsy determined Andreena Butler died of a single gunshot wound to the head, coroner Newton said.

When a SLED and local investigation pointed to Charles Butler in Pennsylvania as the suspect, Charles Butler was extradited to Newberry.

Sheriff Lee Foster took pains to reassure the community there was not a random killer on the loose.

The killing “was an isolated incident, which was the result of a domestic issue stemming from the separation,” Foster said.

The case was to have been prosecuted by 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo’s office.

Butler’s death means there will be no trial.

At the time of his death on Saturday, Charles Butler was on the verge of having a visitation via teleconferencing from the jail when he became disoriented, Foster said.

“Officers assisted him from the tele-visitation room in a wheelchair when he became unresponsive,” Foster said. “Corrections officers attempted life saving measures until Newberry County EMS arrived and determined there were no vital signs.”

Under state protocol, SLED will also investigate the circumstances of Butler’s jail death.

TOPICS: Local News

1 posted on 01/13/2014 10:15:26 AM PST by Gamecock
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I always find it heartwarming when couples who have been married for such a long time pass within days of each other. </sarc>

2 posted on 01/13/2014 10:16:35 AM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: upchuck


3 posted on 01/13/2014 10:16:52 AM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: Gamecock

“Snuck” ?

I guess “sneaked” is too formal for J-school grads.

4 posted on 01/13/2014 10:21:47 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: muir_redwoods

Grammer, vocabulary, inquisitiveness, and intellect are not necessary in today’s journalism departments. As long as you attend the requisite number of LGBT rallies and participate in the 2 minutes hate toward George Bush at the beginning of class you will get your J-school diploma.

5 posted on 01/13/2014 10:26:00 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Since I learned that it is the children who introduce the regular forms of verbs into a language I’ve always thought those forms sounded childish, if there is an irregular form in common use.

“Sneaked” sounds like something a child would say. Same with “pled” and “pleaded”, and “hung” and “hanged”.

I think it is also the fact that people who are struggling to acquire English discard the correct irregular forms for incorrect regular forms. They just sound positively ignorant.

Somewhere in time, the children and immigrants took over the language, and changed what is right and what is wrong.

6 posted on 01/13/2014 10:52:01 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Gamecock

everybody knows the butler did it

7 posted on 01/13/2014 11:25:50 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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