Trial reset for man charged in Hagerstown man's death

September 14, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Troy Michael Butts
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial for a man accused in the May 2011 death of Keith L. Douglas of Hagerstown was reset Thursday for Feb. 26 in Berkeley County Circuit Court after the defendant was returned from Washington County, where he was incarcerated.

Troy Michael Butts, 31, was indicted in February by a Berkeley County grand jury on one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of malicious assault.

Douglas, who died May 25, 2011, 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.

Police have said that Butts indicated that he knocked out Douglas and Carter after they confronted him, the documents said. The defendant struck Douglas twice in the trailer and then again outside as he was getting into a vehicle, knocking him to the ground, the documents said.


In March, Butts was released on bond after he was arraigned on the manslaughter and assault charges, but his bond was revoked after he tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, oxycodone, barbiturates and amphetamines, according to court records.

A capias was issued for Butts’ arrest, but not before he was detained in Washington County in May for a drug-related case dating back to February 2011, according to the state of Maryland’s online judiciary case search database. 

Butts was returned to Eastern Regional Jail Aug. 28 after being served with a fugitive from justice warrant, according to court and jail records.

Defense attorney Thomas L. Stanley told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder that he was still waiting to receive discovery in the case, including a copy of the autopsy report.

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