Trial set for woman in fatal shooting

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – A February trial has been scheduled for a woman facing life in prison if convicted of felony murder charges for the September shooting death of a 28-year-old acquaintance.

Gabrielle Yvone Butler, 27, was ordered held without bond following a pre-trial conference held last month before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James A. Callahan. Butler was charged with open murder and felony firearms following the fatal shooting of a man who’d been an occasional resident at her apartment in The Ponds complex near Eureka and Inkster roads.

Kendall Dourell Murphy was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the chest following an alleged confrontation with Butler Sept. 21.

According to police reports, Murphy was at Butler’s apartment the afternoon of Sept. 20, watching football games. Murphy left that evening but had returned about 2 a.m. Sept. 21, at which time an alleged argument ended with gunfire. Murphy and Butler reportedly knew each for about a year.

A final conference is scheduled for Dec. 16, and a jury trial for Feb. 29.

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