Capital murder suspect seeks mental evaluation
by Chris Norwood
Dec 04, 2013 | 1305 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Oxford man accused of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child asked Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King to order a mental evaluation before his capital murder trial during the December status call Monday morning.

Bryan Butts, 25, of Pecan Wood Drive is accused of beating and kicking his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son until the child died in May. Butts and the child were not related.

Following the assault, the child was transported to Regional Medical Center in Anniston with bruising on his face, neck, chest, stomach and back, all consistent with blunt force trauma. There was also a laceration to the child’s liver.

The case was investigated by the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department, and Butts is currently being held in the Talladega County Jail without bond.

He is charged with capital murder because the victim in the case was less than 14 years old, according to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens.

If found guilty of capital murder, Butts would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.