- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - A former Massachusetts man facing a third trial for his alleged involvement in the 1981 beating death of a neighbor has been held on $2,500 bail after pleading not guilty.

A judge at 57-year-old Keith Butler’s arraignment Tuesday said if the defendant makes bail, he must stay in Massachusetts with GPS monitoring.

Butler is charged with murder in connection with the death of Francis Hussey in his Braintree home. Butler, who currently lives in Florida, lived two houses away from Hussey in 1981.

Butler’s two previous trials ended in hung juries. He was indicted for a third time based on old blood evidence subjected to modern forensic techniques. Prosecutors say Hussey’s blood was found on Butler’s jacket.

The Patriot Ledger (https://bit.ly/1defmvj ) reports that Butler’s attorney says the case is “circumstantial.”

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Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, https://www.patriotledger.com

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