RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The last remaining suspect to be prosecuted for the August 2016 murder of Michael Butler at a Motel 6 in Alexandria was back in court in Rapides Parish on Wednesday.
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Travis Weston was in court for a status hearing; his first appearance in this case since a pre-trial in November. He is facing charges of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery for his alleged role in Butler's beating death at the motel.
Part of the reason for the delay in his trial has been a change in prosecutors and several defense attorneys. The case is now being prosecuted by Johnny Giordano and Weston is being defended by Toni Martin and Emily Posner.
On Wednesday, another pre-trial was set for May 8. His trial date was previously set for June 17.
The other three suspects in the case have either taken plea deals or have been convicted.
Brooke Daniels was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery.
Camryn Lasyone received 15 years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Akeeley Blade was found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. Blade has not been formally sentenced pending a motion filed by his attorney for a new trial that is set to be heard in December, however, first-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.