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Butler Arrested for Attempted Murder

By Glenn Collins
Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 5:06 PM

Butler charged with attempted murder

Larry Butler, of Haleyville, was arrested Thursday afternoon and faces multiple charges resulting from the May 23 attack on his wife, Reba Butler.

Assistant District Attorney Neal Cook said that Butler is in Marion County jail and faces charges of five counts of conspiracy to commit murder, five counts of solicitation to commit murder, and two counts of attempted murder. As of 4 PM Thursday, no bond had been set.

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams said, "I'm very proud of this investigation. It was a joint effort." The investigation was conducted by the Haleyville Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and the 25th Judicial District (Marion/Winston counties) District Attorney's Office. Agents of ABC assisted and were also involved in the arrest.

Chief Reogas, Sheriff Williams, and ADA CookReba Butler was attacked in her mother's home on May 23. [See Story]. Larry Butler is charged with the attempted murder of his wife; his mother-in-law, Ruby Mays; and an unnamed individual. He also faces charges relating to the conspiracy and the murder for hire.

Cook said, "The investigation is ongoing," in response to questions about the actual perpetrator of the attempted murders.

Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas said,"[The investigation] had to be done carefully, and it was done so."

Reogas also addressed concerns citizens were having about this violent crime. "This was a specific crime, with specific targets," he said. He wants to allay concerns that there was someone going door to door and harming people.

Cook, Williams, and Reogas all praised HPD Investigator Tim Steien, DA Investigator Tommy Moore, and MCSO Investigator Ron Vickery for their long hours invested in and dedication to the investigation.

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