Indictment issued in 2013 murder of Shoals man

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM CDT
Justin Antonio Butler (Source: Florence Police Department)

Justin Antonio Butler was indicted for the 2013 murder of Eric Watkins, a Muscle Shoals man, officials announced Monday.

Florence police allege Butler shot 32-year-old Eric Watkins inside his car on Monroe Street in Florence in November 2013. Watkins' car was found under an overhang with multiple bullet holes and shattered glass. They said Watkins was dead by the time they arrived.

Police say the shooting was drug-related.

Butler is currently in custody in a South Carolina jail where he is facing a capital murder charge for the death of one person and the attempted murder of a second person in April 2014.

He was wanted in South Carolina in May 2014 on four felony charges and was caught in north Alabama and returned to South Carolina.

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