Butler Gets Life Prison Sentence For Murder Of Bernard Hughes

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harold Francis "Bam" Butler was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday afternoon after a Criminal Court jury found him guilty of felony murder in the slaying of 46-year-old Bernard Hughes at the British Woods Apartments in 2010.

Butler, 33, was also found guilty of attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of Timothy Westfield in the same incident.

The jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole also found Butler guilty of attempted especially aggravated robbery and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

He will be sentenced Oct. 14 on the convictions other than the felony murder.

The jury deliberated an hour and 20 minutes.

The trial began Tuesday.

Butler was the final defendant charged in the aborted robbery. Authorities said he was one of two gunmen who killed Hughes and wounded Westfield on the front porch of the Hughes apartment.

Unjolee Moore is already facing a life prison sentence after he was convicted earlier. Moore, 27, was found guilty by a jury in the courtroom of Judge Poole after a week-long trial in June. Prosecutors said Moore was the driver in the June 10, 2010, robbery and murder on Oakwood Drive.

John "Cut Throat" Simpson, who was allegedly the other gunman, earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. However, Simpson said during the trial when called as a witness that he has decided to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. That could also subject him to a life prison sentence.

Despite Simpson's non-cooperation, prosecutors Cameron Williams and Lance Pope did get before the jury a portion of an earlier Simpson statement in which he said Butler shot Hughes. 

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKINS, CHARLES DARRYL  584 PINEGROVE ACCESS RD RINGGOLD, 30736  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FUGITIVE (CATOOSA COUNTY, GEORGIA) --- ANDERSON, WILLIAM HENRY  608 WEST 13TH STREET COURT CHATTANOOGA, 37402  Age at Arrest: 53 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principals Say Part 1 Of TN Ready Testing Should Be Cut Due To Online System Failure; School Board May Join Request

Hamilton County principals are asking that Part 1 of the TN Ready Assessment be dropped this year due to the recent crash of the online system for the program. The principals also asked that any Part 1 TN Ready test results  not be applied to students’ grades or to evaluations and rankings for school personnel and school districts. County school board member ... (click for more)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Even Athletes

From reading Randy Smith's column on the lawsuit against UT it is pretty evident that he never took a legal course in his life. I was under the impression that in this country one was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It appears this no longer applies to athletes(particularly black athletes) in the U.S. in 2016. I have always said that if I am picked for jury duty ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of the Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson ... (click for more)

Tyner Overcomes Central's Hot Start To Claim 47-42 Win

Central raced to a 12-0 lead, but decided to sit back and enjoy Senior Night. Tyner went to work. Tyner battled for 29-plus minutes before taking its first lead, fought off every challenge Central could muster down the stretch and knocked off the District 6-2A regular season champions, 47-42, Thursday night at Central High School. “Central came out clicking on all ... (click for more)

Hawks Alexander, Walker Invited To NBA All-Star Weekend

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy announced today that varsity basketball players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, both nationally ranked juniors, will take part in the NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto, Canada. Alexander has been chosen to participate in the NBA’s second Basketball without Borders Global camp. Players are selected based on their outstanding ... (click for more)