Brenton Butler Case Summary

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On May 7th, 2000, in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, 65-year-old Mary Ann Stephens was shot in the head in front of her husband. A description of a killer was put out as a young black man, over 6ft tall, 20-25, and skinny. Ninety minutes later, 15-year-old Brenton Butler is arrested. In this case I will discuss the legal factors, burden of proof, and Reasonable articulable suspicion.
The legal factors of this case are the level of crime that has been committed is a very high-level. The strength of the evidence is not to strong since the detectives did not thoroughly go over fingerprints or follow up on what had been the alibis. The detectives thought the eyewitness and forced confession would be enough to close this
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