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: AMMONS, DAVONTE DAWUN  2816 CANNON AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER POSS.OF FIREARM WHILE IN COMMISSION OF FELONY RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT --- BATTLE, FREDRICK LAMAR  ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AARON, MICHELLE RENEE  1906 APPLING STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- ADAMS, WILLIAM JACKSON  621 MEMORIAL DR APT 903 CHATTANOOGA, 37415  Age at Arrest: 19 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga POSSESSION ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)

Chris Douglas Repeats As Waterfront Triathlon Champ

Sunday was a hot, hot day, but that didn’t keep nearly a thousand local and regional triathletes from around the Southeast from putting their best foot forward in the annual Waterfront Triathlon in downtown Chattanooga. Chris Douglas and Sara Gibson were the overall winners in the International distance race, which started with a 1.5K (.93 mile) swim, followed by a 42K (26 ... (click for more)

Lookouts Capture Series From Generals With 6-2 Win Sunday

For just the fourth time this season, the Jackson Generals have lost a series with Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Lookouts have won three of the first four in the five-game series in their quest to make it to the Southern League playoffs again. Aaron Slegers started for Chattanooga and picked up the win after eight ... (click for more)