- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A hog hunter accused of fatally shooting a man in rural Carroll County says he’s innocent.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Tz2UbV ) reports that 43-year-old Christopher Kevin Butler pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court. Butler told authorities that he shot 30-year-old John Catlin Keck in self-defense on the night of Feb. 19.

Butler says he found someone “trespassing” on his hunting territory. Sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. George Frye says Butler didn’t own the property, but was allowed to hunt there.

Both men lived in Eureka Springs, but Butler told police he didn’t know Keck.

Butler is being held on a $300,000 bail in the Carroll County jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court May 9 in Eureka Springs.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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