P R E S S R E L E A S E
September 30, 2016
State of Florida v. Emmanuel A. Butler
Date of Offense: 06/02/2013
Emmanuel Butler Convicted on First Degree Murder, Robbery with Firearm; Faces Life
DELAND – A Volusia County Jury comprised of 4 men and 2 women deliberated just under 3 hours before convicting Emmanuel A. Butler, 20, of Holly Hill, on charges of First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm. Butler faces a life sentence at a sentencing hearing to be set. The trial began with jury selection on Monday, September 26, 2016 and ran until today, Friday September 30, 2016 when the jury returned with a verdict this afternoon.
On June 2, 2013, Emmanuel Butler shot and killed Donald Dean Clark, 67, as he did laundry at the Golfview Apartment Complex in South Daytona, Florida. Butler rode to the scene of the murder on his bicycle, then stole Mr. Clark’s vehicle after the murder, abandoning the vehicle a short time later.
Butler has several prior felony convictions and faces a life sentence at a hearing to be set.
Assistant State Attorney J. Ryan Will, of the State Attorney’s Homicide Unity, tried the case with Assistant State Attorney Jeanne Stratis, of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit. Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano presided over the case and will pronounce sentence.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue