Port St. Joe man shot in what authorities label ‘hate' crimeWalton Henry Butler
http://www.starfl.com/news/hate-25255-butler-crime.htmlA Port St. Joe man was shot in the head late Monday night in what Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent is labeling a hate crime.
Walton Henry Butler, a 59-year-old white male, was arrested after he admitted shooting Everett Gant with a .22 rifle. Butler was charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement.
Gant, an African-American, is in stable condition at Bay Medical Center.
According to the arresting affidavit, an incident occurred earlier in the day when a Pamela Rogers came to Butler’s apartment in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex on Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe with a child in tow. Butler immediately used a racial slur to refer to the child.
Investigators discovered that Butler had been making similar racial slurs to other children in the complex during recent days.
Rogers became upset and left Butler’s apartment and Gant went to Butler’s apartment to discuss the comments.
Upon arriving at the apartment, Butler shot Gant between the eyes and shut his sliding glass door, leaving Everett to bleed outside the door.
Butler called 911, finished cooking supper, sat down and began eating. Nugent arrived on the scene and contacted Butler by phone, at which time Butler told Nugent to come in, he was eating dinner and had put up the gun.
Nugent said Butler acted as if inconvenienced when put under arrest, saying he could not understand the problem as “he had only shot a (racial slur).”[...]
Super-Racist Walton Henry Butler Shoots Black Man in Face, Eats Dinner, Cops Say
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pu...on_hate_cr.phpToday's egregious Florida gun crime comes to you from Port St. Joe, where police say 59-year-old Walton Henry Butler shot a man in the head last night, then sat down and ate dinner while the victim lie bleeding at his door. Police say he was upset because "he had only shot a nigger."
The victim, 32-year-old Everett Gant, had gone to Butler's apartment to confront him about calling a child a "nigger" and making "several racial remarks to the black children in the apartment complex," according to the police report. Butler allegedly responded by shooting him in the face with a .22-caliber rifle.
The rest can be best explained by the probable cause affidavit from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office (We also put the cover page online, if you're curious):
After Walt Butler shot Everett Gant he stated he shut the sliding glass door with Everett Gant lying outside the door, called 911 then funished cooking supper, sat at the kitchen table and began eating.
When Sheriff Nugent arrived on scene he made contact with Butler by phone. Butler told him to come in he was eating dinner and had put up the gun. Butler was sitting at the table and acted as if it was an inconvenienced [sic] when he was asked to stand up and handcuffs were put on. He said he did not understand the problem he had only shot a nigger.
Charming, Mr. Butler. That will be a charge of attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement for you sir.