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News-Leader, Springfield, MO, 02/08/04

Saturday, May 1, 2004

A series of increasingly violent incidents culminated in the death of a former handyman who broke into the home of a previous employer and his wife. James Butler returned fire, killing David Brown after Brown shot the couple. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. when Brown entered the house, armed with a handgun and rifle. He shot Butler once in the neck, and Butler's wife, Suzanne, in the arm. Butler managed to reach a handgun he kept in the home and shot Brown several times. Butler told police he had hired Brown to do odd jobs a few years ago. Last year Brown was seen peering in the Butlers' windows, behavior which subsequently escalated to threats, unwanted phone calls and break-ins. Brown had previously been charged with assaulting Mrs. Butler on Christmas Eve when she came home and discovered him in the house.
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