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Appeal denied for man convicted of killing mom

Three senior judges have rejected the appeal of a man convicted of killing his elderly mother.

Weatherman Jerome Butler, 59, was sentenced to 33 years in prison for the February 2015 murder of Princess Ruth Hepburn in 2017.

Public defender Marianne Cadet sought permission to appeal the conviction outside the 21-day deadline.

However, in a decision delivered on March 4, the appellate court said that none of her proposed grounds of appeal had any merit.

Cadet had questioned the sufficiency of the judge’s summation of causation and said the case should have been withdrawn from the jury at the close of the prosecution’s case due to insufficient evidence.

According to the evidence, the convict photographed his mother’s body with his cell phone after he found her lifeless on her bedroom floor on February 4, before he alerted his siblings about her death.

Gynecologist Dr. Austin Davis, a family friend, examined the body and said that Ms. Butler had died of natural causes.

However, forensic pathologist Dr. Caryn Sands ruled the death a homicide.

The pathologist observed blunt force trauma to Ms. Butler’s head, neck and intestines during the post mortem and listed the cause of death as possible asphyxia.

She also had bruises and lacerations to the face, Sands said.

Al-leecia Delancy appeared for the DPP.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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