A verdict is in for a Gulf County man accused of a hate crime murder. The jury found Walton Butler guilty of second degree murder in the death of Everett Gant. Butler says he shot Gant in self defense at his Port St. Joe apartment in July of 2012.
Gant's family and friends say he was going to confront Butler about some racial comments he made to children in the neighborhood. Gant died weeks later from his injuries.
Jurors made the decision in the case after about one hour of deliberation. Jury selection began on Monday and a jury was selected on Tuesday. Opening arguments began Tuesday afternoon with prosecutor Bob Sombathy. Butler was represented by public defender Mark Sims. Testimony was given Wednesday and Thursday.
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