Mother accused of murder appears in Grand Court

Crown and defense await further reports

Tamara Butler, the mother of 6-year-old Bethany Butler, made her first appearance in Grand Court on Friday, charged with the child’s murder.  

She was in Summary Court on Nov. 14 when the charge was transmitted to the higher court. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards told Justice Charles Quin that the Crown was still awaiting forensic evidence. She said the defense team was awaiting a medical and psychiatric report. 

Mrs. Butler, 37, is represented by attorney Delroy Murray, who is instructed by attorney Karin Thompson. 

Ms. Richards asked for a three-week adjournment to allow both sides to receive the additional material. 

Justice Quin set the matter for mention again on Dec. 19. 

Bethany Butler’s body was found in the early hours of Oct. 27 by police on patrol along the Queen’s Highway in East End. Her body, which had multiple stab wounds, was in the passenger seat of a car parked in the bush. Mrs. Butler was arrested nearby soon afterward. 

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