Mother’s Day double-homicide killer sentenced to life in prison

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BENTON, La. – (KTAL/KMSS) – The man who in March was convicted of 1st degree murder for a 2014 double-homicide today was handed a life sentence without possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence by the judge who tried him. 

Brandan Butler was found guilty of slaying 26-year-old Karyl Cox and 24-year-old Jacqueline Beadle, who were found dead in their Bragg Street home on May 11, 2014.

In a bench trial, Bossier District Judge Michael Nerren found Butler guilty of the 2014 Mother’s Day weekend double-homicide.

After Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin filed at letter of intent to seek the death penalty in July 2014, Butler’s case wound through the courts as a death penalty case for more than four years.

But  in an abrupt turnaround, on Jan. 29, 2019, Marvin and Butler’s attorney submitted a joint motion to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for Butler foregoing a jury trial and submitting to a bench trial. 

Butler spoke at today’s sentencing, offering his condolences to the victims’ families,  saying, “I lost a close friend, regardless of what anyone may think.” But, not admitting guilt, he added, “I can’t wait for my appeal.”

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