Martinsville Boy In Court On Murder Charge

by Staff on July 6, 2011

in State

Child MurderNathan Butler, the 11-year-old Martinsville boy accused of murder and reckless homicide in the shooting death of Andrew Frye, his six-year-old brother, appeared in Morgan Superior Court II today. He was handcuffed and shackled, wearing a red Mickey Mouse t-shirt.

Judge Christopher Burnham read the charges to the boy and his mother, Amanda Vandagrifft. Attorney John Boren filed a denial of the murder and reckless homicide charges.

Boren argued that Butler should stay in juvenile court. Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said that he was not planning to request the boy be waived into adult court. The matter is still under investigation, according to Sonnega.

While Boren argued that the boy was not a danger and should be released, Judge Burnham said he thought it was in the best interest for the boy to remain in detention.

Vandagrifft asked the if Nathan could attend his brother Andrew’s funeral Thursday, but the judge did not make a decision.

Judge Burnham scheduled a “fact-finding” hearing for July 26th at 9 a.m. and said that only the defense could ask that the date be changed. In juvenile cases, trials are not held. The outcome is decided instead in a fact-finding hearing.

The Judge ordered that all information regarding the case be sealed.

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