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Mecklenburg judge revokes unsecured bond in delivery driver murder case

A Charlotte household was left outraged in April after a Mecklenburg County judge allowed the individual accused of killing their member of the family, Abijah Barkley, out of jail on an unsecured $300,000 bond.

But on Thursday, Superior Court Judge Carla Archie granted a prosecution movement to switch 17-year-old Christopher Butler’s bond, and as an alternative place him beneath a $300,000 secured bond. Butler was positioned in handcuffs and brought away in courtroom. He is being tried as an grownup.

“I feel a sense of relief,” stated Taylor Johnson, Barkley’s girlfriend and the mom of his youngster, to the Observer on Thursday. “It won’t bring him back of course, but I do feel a bit better.”

Johnson spoke earlier than the judge on Thursday, pleading with Archie to aspect with the state and revoke the unsecured bond set by Judge Aretha Blake in April.

“His killer, and anyone that was involved in this horrible gruesome act shall be penalized the maximum sentence for his wrongdoings,” Johnson stated to the judge. “And if he does not face consequences, there may be another victim like Abijah. Butler “has caused tremendous pain to me, his daughter, and his family.”

Butler was accused of plotting to rob Barkley, 21, in March at Southside Homes on Griffith Street with one other individual, Cortez Springs. Assistant District Attorney Nikki Robinson stated the 2 deliberate it collectively over Instagram messages.

Barkley was delivering meals with Springs driving in the passenger seat, prosecutors stated. And in some unspecified time in the future, they went to the Southside Homes so Springs may promote marijuana.

Butler, who Barkley didn’t know, allegedly approached the automobile like he was going to purchase marijuana, prosecutors stated, and obtained in the backseat. Both Butler and Barkley had weapons, prosecutors stated, and Butler fatally shot Barkley.

Prosecutors stated surveillance video confirmed Butler getting out of the automobile and operating away. He briefly returned, prosecutors stated, when he remembered he was carrying an ankle monitor, however Cortez advised him that it was okay and he may run away.

Butler ran away, allegedly reduce off his ankle monitor, and was on the run for 21 days.

Butler’s protection lawyer argued that Butler was not planning to rob Barkley. If he was going to rob him, she stated, he would have acted extra shortly.

She stated Barkley was the aggressor in the encounter, not Butler. He had no alternative however to behave in self-defense as soon as he noticed Barkley’s firearm.

An administrative listening to is about for July 18.

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