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Short read about a 15 yr old boy who was beatin and forced to sign a confession...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Grandola, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. Grandola

    Grandola Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 16, 2002 Messages: 1,773 Likes Received: 0
    The boy is crying and his eye is swelling. He sits, miserable, in the back seat of the police car, a cop at his side, another in the front seat. He is headed back to jail, and he is very afraid.

    He has reason to be.

    The boy, 15-year-old Brenton Butler, has already been in police custody for 10 hours. A gangly ninth grader, Butler has eaten almost nothing since morning, and had no contact with anyone besides homicide detectives. His repeated requests to speak to his parents have been ignored, and, unbeknownst to him, his parents haven’t even been notified that he is in custody. (At 9 p.m., Butler’s terrified parents filed a missing persons report on the teen.)

    In short, he is every bit as alone as he feels.

    Within two hours of the car ride, the interrogation will end and Brenton Butler will be allowed to speak with his parents. But by then, he will have confessed to killing a 64-year-old woman.

    In the confession, handwritten by a police detective and signed by Butler, the teen admits to shooting Mary Ann Stephens in the face in order to get money for food. According to the confession, he didn’t intend to kill the woman, a Georgia tourist staying with her husband at a Southside Ramada Inn. He claims he shot her accidentally, after the woman called him a “nigger” and gave him a dirty look. According to the confession, Butler fired the gun, then grabbed the woman’s purse and ran. Later, the confession said, he placed both the gun and the purse on a tractor trailer rig, which drove away, and used the woman’s money to buy candy.

    Each page of the confession was signed by Butler, and was obviously compelling: It would become the centerpiece of the State Attorney’s case against the teen.

    The only problem was it wasn’t true. None of it. Butler didn’t kill Stephens (two other suspects have since been charged with the crime). He wasn’t hungry the morning of the murder — he’d just had some yogurt — and he didn’t buy any candy that day. The victim never called Butler a nigger; her husband swears the exchange never happened. In short, the confession — start to finish — was false.

    According to Assistant Public Defender Patrick McGuiness, the confession is “a fiction. It matches reality at no point.”

    So why did Butler sign it? The explanation Butler offers is as simple as it is terrifying: He was forced. During his 12-hour interrogation, he says, two police detectives — Michael Glover and Duane Darnell — terrorized and intimidated him. He claims they hit him in the face and punched him in the solar plexus, called him a “nigger” and a “nasty roach,” and threatened to harm his parents. When he begged for help, for mercy, Butler says, the officers responded with additional menace, unsnapping their gun holsters and stroking their weapons.

    For Butler, an Englewood High School freshman with no prior record, the day was unendurable. By 9 p.m., he was terrified, exhausted and, finally, hopeless. Sobbing, he signed the confession. He was charged with first degree murder and taken to a cell. He would remain behind bars at the Duval County jail for the next six months.

    On Nov. 22, 2000, thanks to a pair of good defense attorneys and a jury of reasonable people, Butler was found not guilty of the crime. But the case didn’t disappear. Within hours of the verdict, the jury foreman demanded an investigation of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office for their handling of the case.

    Though both agencies initially balked at the demand, public outcry over the case — and the emergence of two new suspects in the killing — forced them to relent. The JSO is currently under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the State Attorney’s Office is being reviewed by a special prosecutor.

    As a civil matter, Butler’s family intends to sue the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for at least $8 million. The family is awaiting the outcome of both investigations before finalizing their claims, but according to family attorney Tom Fallis, expected charges include false imprisonment, false arrest, Miranda rights violations and police brutality.

    “Somebody has to explain why this young man confessed to something he didn’t do,” says Fallis in a cigarette-scarred New York accent. “He’s not insane. He’s not retarded. Somebody made him do it.”

    That somebody?

  2. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,367 Likes Received: 300

    -MOE LESTER- Guest

  4. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,067 Likes Received: 29
    that's a lot of money.
  5. sneak

    sneak Guest

    what i would do with 8mill......

    hell, what id do with a fiver.
  6. Stapler

    Stapler Guest

    It seems the police in America like to beat their detainees alot.......Does this sort of shit happen alot and not get into the news????
  7. •nakone•

    •nakone• Member

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  8. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

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  9. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2000 Messages: 4,246 Likes Received: 71
    What's fucked up is that this has taken place in the city I live in...

    I didn't even know about it until now..

    I saw 'Englewood High school' mentioned and that kind of suprised me..

    JSO cops can tend to be a tad overzealous.
  10. industry

    industry New Jack

    Joined: Nov 22, 2001 Messages: 23 Likes Received: 0
    fuck fuck fuck the police

    i think all the power of being a cop has gone to those dirty fuckers heads. another classic tale of a crooked cop. i hope to god that boys family gets way more that 8 mill.
  11. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    woah, thats fucked up.
    I'll never understand why cops do this shit.
    If they have such a hard-on about catching the criminal that committed a crime...you'd think they would want to arrest the right guy.
    fucking morons.

    brotha needs 3 gold caps with the letters F, T, P inscribed on each tooth.
  12. duffman

    duffman Guest

  13. rip

    rip Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 10, 2001 Messages: 2,667 Likes Received: 0
    buy a pack of newports.... atleast thats what id do.
  14. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

    where's the news clip?
  15. angry xbox

    angry xbox Guest

    you ever watch MTV and see that stupid clip where it says life imitates music???

    fuck them

    the sad truth is art is the representation of life and that includes every creative media.

    and no the so called liberal media is run by the ones who are in power. If they dont want you to know they will make it so my friend.