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Murder suspect dies in jail from natural causes

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NEWBERRY — An inmate being held for the murder of his wife died from natural causes Jan. 11 at the Newberry County Detention Center.


Charles Butler, 76, of 305 East McKinley St. in Chambersburg, Pa., was being held on warrants for the murder of his wife, Andreena Butler, 72.


On Jan. 11, Charles Butler was in the process of a tele-visitation when he became disoriented. Correction officers assisted him from the room in a wheelchair when he became unresponsive. Corrections officers attempted life saving measures until Newberry County EMS arrived and determined there were no vital signs.


The Solicitor’s Office will determine if the case is closed, according to Sheriff Lee Foster who added Butler was the only suspect linked through forensic evidence.


Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton determined Butler died of natural causes by cardiomyopathy, or heart disease.


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will conduct the investigation, according to Foster.


Andreena Butler was found dead in her home Dec. 21, 2013. Newberry County investigators obtained warrants on Charles Butler after an intensive investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and SLED. Butler was arrested by the Chambersburg, Pa., Police Department and extradited back to Newberry County on Jan. 9, 2014.

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