A friend of the suspect in the trial of the man accused of killing two Bossier City women on Mother’s Day in 2014 says he was asked to lie about where he was on the night of the murders.
Brandan Butler is accused of killing 26-year-old Karyl Cox and 24-year-old Jacqueline Beadle, who were found inside their Bragg Street home May 11, 2014. Both had been shot. Jacqueline had also been stabbed. Prosecutors say the women were slain Friday night. Their bodies were not found until Sunday morning.
Prosecutors spent the fourth day of the first-degree murder trial calling witnesses whose testimony pointed to inconsistencies between Butler’s statements to police regarding his whereabouts at the time of the murders and evidence uncovered in the criminal investigation.
Among the witnesses called to the stand were two friends of Butler’s who both said they went with him to the scene after the bodies were discovered, unaware that he was a possible suspect.
Terrel Stewart, who is currently in jail on unrelated charges, said went to the police station when he heard they were about to question him on Butler’s whereabouts. He said he told police that Butler asked him to say he was with him that Friday night, even though he was not.
A childhood friend of Butler’s also took the stand and said Butler visited his home a day before the bodies were found. He testified that Butler asked him to wash his clothes and his mother saw there was blood on them. During testimony Wednesday, a DNA analyst testified that the blood on the clothing came back positive for Jacqueline Beadle’s DNA.
Beadle’s mother Joanna Henson also testified Thursday, saying that she found the two in their home after becoming concerned that she had not heard from her daughter all day Saturday. Henson said she called numerous times with no answer. Because she talked to her daughter daily and often took care of Jacqueline’s 3-year-old son, she said she knew something wasn’t right.
When Beadle’s ex-boyfriend Shawn Washington took the stand, he said and Beadle had not spoken consistently since the two parted ways earlier that year. He also says the two lived together for several months before they broke up.
Prosecutors say Butler told police in an interview that Washington was the one who committed the murder. Washington said he was aware of the accusations and denied them, saying he was living with a different girlfriend at the time of the killings.
Washington’s girlfriend also took the stand and backed Washington’s testimony, telling prosecutors she had no reason to lie for him. The two are currently not together.
Butler’s ex-girlfriend also testified and says Butler visited her in a car she never has seen him in before, and that she noticed a child’s picture on the dash. Cox’s car was missing from the scene, and pictures offered as evidence in court show that Cox had a child’s picture on the dash of her car.
Butler will not face the death penalty if convicted, because he waived his right to have a trial by jury and instead agreed to a bench trial. Judge Mike Nerren will act as the lone juror in hearing evidence and deciding whether Butler is guilty or not guilty.
Testimony is set to resume Friday morning at 9 a.m.