Expert: Close-range shot killed Telli...

Expert: Close-range shot killed Tellico Village man

There are 25 comments on the Knoxville News Sentinel story from Sep 19, 2012, titled Expert: Close-range shot killed Tellico Village man. In it, Knoxville News Sentinel reports that:

The barrel of the gun that Norman Whitton used in a confrontation with Larry Butcher at a Tellico Village intersection in 2010 was no more than 18 inches from Butcher's chest when Whitton fired it, an expert testified this afternoon.

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Skinny

Knoxville, TN

#1 Sep 19, 2012
They did weverything they could to convict this guy, even to the point of having the investigator on the case testify about things he had no knowledge of. There is only one person alive who knows what happened.

Just goes to show that it is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6.
Nicky

Knoxville, TN

#2 Sep 19, 2012
But i thought the "popular" people in TV were always right????
Jeannie Pilgrim

Louisville, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2012
Nicky wrote:
But i thought the "popular" people in TV were always right????
If the testimony stated in the newspaper was correct I understand why he had been found not guilty. I never knew the details. According to the news Mr. Whitton was in back of the golf court and had his wheels turned to turn into Cheestana Way. I don't know if Mr. Butcher was just going slow or stopped the golf cart. Mr. Whitton honked his horn. Mr. Butcher swung the golf cart around, left it and went up to Mr. Whitton's car. According to Mr. Whitton Mr. Butcher put his hands around Mr. Whitton's neck. Mr. Whitton feared for his life and shot him. According to the autopsy Mr. Butcher had been drinking.

That is what I read in the several articles. In my mind a big factor was that Mr. Whitton never left his car, called the police and did not flee the scene.
Bum

Lenoir City, TN

#4 Sep 19, 2012
The esteemed District Attorney General, Russ Johnson, loses another on. Or did he?
Say what

Cookeville, TN

#5 Sep 19, 2012
Does anyone know if there were any witnesses? If so why would DAG Russ Johnson prosecute? Sounds like Johnson needs to go back to his title company, he's in the wrong business.
Watching

Knoxville, TN

#6 Sep 20, 2012
Aquitted because we have strong self defence laws here in Tennessee. Case closed, justice served.
Unarmed

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 20, 2012
Great! Now we have an over medicated, short fused, armed senior back on the streets.
Over Medicated

Kingsport, TN

#8 Sep 20, 2012
Unarmed wrote:
Great! Now we have an over medicated, short fused, armed senior back on the streets.
Where did you read that the shooter was "Over Medicated"? I saw no such report anywhere? From the facts I read, it would have been better if the shooter could have driven off, put his car in reverse, or simply close the power window. Unfortunately, we all know, bad things can escalate to a dangerous situation in a split second. Most people might be in awe and do nothing until it's too late. In this case, the shooter had his gun close by and protected himself. After the fact, it is all too easy for people to say the shooter is at fault when they have no idea of how the situation unfolded. We live in a dangerous world with a lot of crazy people and it gets worse every day. Moral of this story: Be careful when you are the aggressor because you may get more than you bargained for...
Unarmed

Knoxville, TN

#9 Sep 20, 2012
Over Medicated wrote:
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Where did you read that the shooter was "Over Medicated"? I saw no such report anywhere? From the facts I read, it would have been better if the shooter could have driven off, put his car in reverse, or simply close the power window. Unfortunately, we all know, bad things can escalate to a dangerous situation in a split second. Most people might be in awe and do nothing until it's too late. In this case, the shooter had his gun close by and protected himself. After the fact, it is all too easy for people to say the shooter is at fault when they have no idea of how the situation unfolded. We live in a dangerous world with a lot of crazy people and it gets worse every day. Moral of this story: Be careful when you are the aggressor because you may get more than you bargained for...
Read the report. Both had alcohol in them. The shooter also had antidepressants in his blood. Nothing works like a little booze on top of your happy pills to help your judgement and drive a car.
doubtful

Loudon, TN

#10 Sep 21, 2012
Why was he carrying a loaded gun out in the open on the seat of his vehicle in Tellico Village? Until he shot and killed one of our residents, no one had ever had a need to carry a loaded gun to drive up and down our streets?
The Real Goose

United States

#11 Sep 22, 2012
doubtful wrote:
Why was he carrying a loaded gun out in the open on the seat of his vehicle in Tellico Village? Until he shot and killed one of our residents, no one had ever had a need to carry a loaded gun to drive up and down our streets?
Because he had the right.
He probably figured, correctly, that you do not need to provide any justification for exercising your rights
The Real Goose

United States

#12 Sep 22, 2012
Unarmed wrote:
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Read the report. Both had alcohol in them. The shooter also had antidepressants in his blood. Nothing works like a little booze on top of your happy pills to help your judgement and drive a car.
Having alcohol in your blood does not make you intoxicated. You do not give up your right to bear arms because you drank a beer at the diner before heading home.
Unarmed

Monterey, TN

#13 Sep 22, 2012
Yeah, it's always a good idea to mix a little booze with your antidepressants, especially if you're going for a drive with a loaded handgun on the seat and some spare ammo. Might get into a firefight.
Unarmed

Monterey, TN

#14 Sep 22, 2012
BTW, tox reports on both shooter and shootee were in a Herald News article a few days ago.
Not a boozer

Louisville, TN

#15 Sep 22, 2012
Unarmed wrote:
Yeah, it's always a good idea to mix a little booze with your antidepressants, especially if you're going for a drive with a loaded handgun on the seat and some spare ammo. Might get into a firefight.
With all the people now on antidepressants bars would go broke if they didn't have a drink or two.
The Real Goose

United States

#16 Sep 22, 2012
Unarmed wrote:
Yeah, it's always a good idea to mix a little booze with your antidepressants, especially if you're going for a drive with a loaded handgun on the seat and some spare ammo. Might get into a firefight.
Just imagine: If he hasn't't had his medication, you could say he shot him because he was depressed.

The jury question was all about self-defense. Would you even consider talking about that?
Unarmed

Monterey, TN

#17 Sep 22, 2012
The Real Goose wrote:
<quoted text>Just imagine: If he hasn't't had his medication, you could say he shot him because he was depressed.
The jury question was all about self-defense. Would you even consider talking about that?
I can't argue the verdict, but would you hire him to watch your grandkids? Or be his neighbor?
Jeannie Pilgrim

Louisville, TN

#18 Sep 22, 2012
I think he went through our judicial system. He had a fair trial. The jury heard all the evidence, we didn't. He was found not guilty. Leave him alone.
Unarmed

Sevierville, TN

#19 Sep 23, 2012
Yeah, just like your stapler tossing friend. Too bad he didn't have office equipment available instead of a pistol. A man would be alive and two families not devastated. Justice is served.
Jeannie Pilgrim

Louisville, TN

#20 Sep 23, 2012
Unarmed wrote:
Yeah, just like your stapler tossing friend. Too bad he didn't have office equipment available instead of a pistol. A man would be alive and two families not devastated. Justice is served.
Sadly I agree with you. Unfortunately his gun was legal. Don't blame me. By the way the stapler was not thrown at anyone,

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