Berkeley County man indicted in death of Hagerstown man

Troy Michael Butts faces counts of malicious assault and voluntary manslaughter in death of Keith L. Douglas

February 21, 2012
  • Troy Michael Butts
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man was indicted Tuesday on charges related to the May 2011 death of a Hagerstown man, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Troy Michael Butts, 31, of 251 Appomattox Drive in Martinsburg, was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury on one count of malicious assault and one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Keith L. Douglas, 43, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office said.

Douglas, who died May 25, 2011, was declared brain dead shortly after he was injured in a fight with Butts on May 24, police have said. 

A second victim, Joseph Carter, also of Hagerstown, was treated at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for a possible broken nose that he suffered in the altercation, according to court documents.

The fight at 251 Appomattox Drive was said to have stemmed from allegations that Butts had stolen money from the two men, according to court documents.


Butts was among 11 people indicted Tuesday, the first day of the February term of Berkeley County Circuit Court, according to Games-Neely’s office.

Games-Neely said the grand jury is scheduled to reconvene today. An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime.

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