Dr. Butler's Home Searched Again - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/17/03

Dr. Butler's Home Searched Again

Federal authorities conducted a second search warrant at the home of Dr. Thomas Butler. Bringing empty boxes, they cast a wide net. "I think we would generally refer to it as a fishing expedition," said Butler's defense attorney Floyd Holder. He found out about the search after it had already started. "They apparently were looking for computer disks, computer materials, financial records, evidence of any travel since 2001," he said.

At home during the search? Elizabeth Butler, the doctor's wife. Their two children ages 5 and 14 staying with friends. "What this has done to the family has been just horrible," said neighbor Mark Lawson. He's known the Butlers for four years. "They're, they're stunned," he said of the Butlers.

"The Butler's came to my son's 4th birthday party this past Sunday," said Dr. Randell Johnson. He came by the house to offer support. "Tom seems like a very nice, pleasant person to meet, very cordial, has a great personality, very kind person. He's the kind of person I don't think would hurt a flea, intentionally try to do anything wrong. He's a very respectable person as far as I know," he said.

Neighbors rallying behind a friend. Dismayed at the media attention, discouraged by the hard-line approach of authorities. "What we heard last night is that she may get to visit him for a half hour on Sunday," said Lawson.

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