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Death penalty sought in Texas killing of New Hampshire pair

Sand dunes on the south side of the East Cut, a navigation channel that runs from Port Mansfield, to the Gulf of Mexico. Willacy County, using its power of eminent domain, has talked of taking over the land owned by the Nature Conservancy, and using it for tourism. | Location: Port Manfield, Texas, USA. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man charged with capital murder in the killing of a New Hampshire couple whose bodies were found in a shallow grave on a South Texas beach. Adam C. Williams is one of two people accused in the deaths of James and Michelle Butler, whose remains were discovered on Padre Island near Corpus Christi in October 2019. Williams and Amanda Noverr were initially accused of stealing the Butlers’ pickup truck, but a grand jury later indicted them for intentionally and knowingly fatally shooting the couple during a “criminal transaction.” The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that prosecutors said during a status hearing Tuesday that they would seek the death penalty if Williams is convicted.


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