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Man Accused of Hate Crime Murder Files Motion to Dismiss Citing Stand Your Ground Law

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The attorney for a man accused of a hate crime murder is filing a motion to dismiss based on the "stand your ground law".

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office says Walton Butler shot Everett Gant when he came to talk to him about alleged racial slurs directed toward neighborhood children.

In the filing, Butler claims Gant attempted to enter his home in an aggressive manner and said he was going to "whip his explicative." Butler called 911 after shooting the victim once in the head. The filing says Gant was able to enter the ambulance on his own but died 6 weeks later from his injures.

The motion was filed last week. A hearing is set for July 11, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. News 13 will keep you updated on this story.