Bryan Butts, 25, is due to be arraigned Oct. 30 in front of Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King. According to District Attorney Steve Giddens, the state does plan to seek the death penalty against Butts.
At the time of the alleged beating, Butts was living with his girlfriend on Pecan Wood Drive. He was not in any way related to the child.
At the time of his arrest, Assistant District Attorney Christina Kilgore said the child was taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston May 3 for treatment of injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. There were bruises on the child’s face, neck, chest, stomach and back, and he had a lacerated liver. Kilgore said the arrest warrant stated the child’s injuries were consistent with being beaten by hands, fists and feet.
The case was investigated, and Butts was initially arrested by the Oxford Police Department. He was transferred into the Talladega County Jail about a week after the incident.
A conviction for capital murder in Alabama carries a penalty of either life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.
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