Man held in estranged wife’s slaying in Newberry

jmonk@thestate.comDecember 24, 2013 

— A 76-year-old man has been arrested in Pennsylvania on murder charges in connection with the shooting death last week of his 72-year-old estranged wife in Newberry, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department.

Charles Butler was being held in Chambersburg, Penn., in connection with the death of Andrenna Butler, Sheriff Lee Foster said Tuesday.

The Butlers had been married 50 years prior to a recent separation, and Charles Butler had moved to Pennsylvania, Foster said.

Butler’s arrest was an unexpected development in a death that authorities originally could not explain.

On Saturday, a friend who had repeatedly tried to contact Anddrenna Butler had gone to the Newberry house along U.S. 176 where she lived alone, officials said.

Unable to get anyone to answer the door, the friend broke into a locked garage door and spotted Butler lying on the floor through the window of a second door.

Authorities arriving on the scene found that Butler was dead and there was a small pool of blood nearby. The cause of death was not obvious.

“It didn’t appear to be the result of a fall or any kind of medical distress,” Foster said in an initial press release.

However, an autopsy determined Andrenna Butler died of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton.

In a Tuesday press release, Foster said his office, SLED and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department “used a variety of forensic techniques to tie Butler to the crime scene.”

Foster said the killing “was an isolated incident, which was the result of a domestic issue stemming from the separation.”

“The community is not in any danger,” the sheriff said.

The case will be prosecuted by 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo’s office.

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