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Dukes, Hunter bound over to grand jury

By Leesha Faulkner

The Selma Times-Journal

SELMA — The cases of two Dallas County men charged with capital murder now go to the grand jury.

Johnny Dukes and Michael Hunter were bound over to the grand jury in Dallas County District Court on Thursday. The two are in Dallas County Jail without bond.

Hunter and Dukes are the last two suspects in the killing of Rosjah J. Butler. They were suspects since the shooting death of the 3-year-old on April 27, but had fled to Albany, Ga., where authorities picked them up earlier this month.

Selma Police Detective Fredrick Walker reviewed the case Thursday in court during the brief hearing.

As he talked about the shooting death of the toddler by a stray bullet, the child’s mother wept openly from her front-row seat in the courtroom. Family members put their arms around her or patted her on the back.

“That was my baby,” she cried as the two men left the courtroom after their hearing.

Brandon Lewis and Aaron Harris were arrested shortly after the shooting at 1411 Church Street.

In a statement to police detectives, Lewis said Dukes was the man with the gun who fired toward the house.

A bullet ripped through the walls of the house into the bedroom of Butler and pierced the toddler in the chest as he stood by his bed. The child bled to death after the slug tore a major artery leading to his heart.

Authorities have said Harris told them Dukes sat beside him on the passenger’s side of the front seat of the green 2000 Dodge Intrepid they were in that night. Lewis was on the back passenger’s side and Hunter was on the back driver’s side as they drove down Church Street.

Glenn Williams, the toddler’s uncle, was in the front yard of the house when the shots were fired.

Walker said Thursday police found casings in the street and in the front of the house.

Authorities believe an argument over the quality of some marijuana Harris had allegedly sold Williams lead eventually to the shooting.

But a couple of weeks ago, when he testified, Williams took the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination when asked if he had a gun at the time of the shooting or if he saw who fired the shots from the car.