Update: Representing himself, convicted murderer gets continuance in attempt for a new trial

Update May 9, 2018

After firing his attorney at his last hearing in 2017, Corey Butler, convicted in the 2009 murder of Epsie Ewing, of Loganville, was again granted a continuance by Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton. Butler is attempting to get a new trial claiming that he is not guilty of the crime for which he was convicted.

Initially Benton wasn’t prepared to continue proceeding yet again. Butler said he didn’t have his documentation with him as he was told he was being transferred to another facility and not that he was being transported to Walton County for his court hearing. He objected to being told that the proceedings would go forward even though he did not have his documents with him.

“Do you want to get Butler or do you want to give him a chance,” Butler said in his objections.

“Your attorney was let go, by you, 6 or 8 months ago. I gave you 6 months to prepare,” Benton said, adding that Butler should have had his papers together and if he was not notified, that was between him and the prison. He said he was treating Butler exactly as he would any attorney who turned up in his courtroom unprepared for the proceedings.

However, when Alcovy Circuit Court District Attorney Layla Zon said it was possible that the prison did not notify him as only a notification for pick up was sent, Benton gave him one more continuance until May 23, 2018.

“I am notifying you now, you need to be ready to go by May 23,” Benton said.

Butler said he was not guilty of the crime for which he was convicted and believe his papers would prove it. Butler was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the murder of Epsie Ewing. The other two defendants in the case, Barry Marquez Partee and John Jody Blackwell, both 18 at the time, entered guilty pleas and were given sentences that would allow for parole at some point. Butler took his chances with a jury instead of entering a plea.

Update Dec. 6, 2017

Alcovy Circuit Court District Attorney Layla Zon said that the request for a new trial by Corey Butler, convicted for the 2009 murder of Epsie Ewing, 65, of Loganville, has been continued, again. He has made several attempts to apply for a new trial, beginning in 2014. He was convicted of the murder in March 2013 and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

“Butler came into court and fired his attorney that was appointed. So the motion was continued again,” Zon said.

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After being found guilty of murder by a judge more than four years ago, Corey Butler is petitioning for a new trial. His motion will be heard in Walton County Superior Court on Dec. 6, 2017.

Corey Butler. Photo credit: Walton County Detention Center
Corey Butler. Photo credit:
Walton County Sheriff’s Office

In March 2013, Butler was found guilty on all 14 counts in the indictment for the 2009 murder of Epsie Ewing, 65, of Loganville. Butler was one of three defendants in the murder and the first one to go to trial. As reported in Monroe-GA Patch at that time, the death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for Butler waiving his right to a jury trial. He was found guilty by Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

According to the indictment, Butler, along with Barry Marquez Partee and John Jody Blackwell, both 18 at the time, were accused of going to the home of CF and Epsie Ewing at about 1 p.m. on May 21, 2009, to commit armed robbery. During the attack, CF and Epsie Ewing were both beaten. Epsie Ewing died a month later of her injuries. Partee and Blackwell pleaded guilty and are serving sentences for the crime.

Partee pleaded guilty to a lesser crime was sentenced in June 2014 to a total of 30 years, to serve 12. After time served, he will be eligible for parole in 2021. Blackwell also pleaded guilty in June 2014 and was sentenced to life plus five years, giving him a total of at least 35 years to serve.

 

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