On Tuesday morning, Dr. Thomas Butler was back in plain clothes for his detention hearing. The end result was a trip home for Butler, and a long list of conditions Butler must follow to hang on to his freedom, at least for now.
Dr. Butler is out of jail. His bond was set at $100,000, but he paid $10,000 out of his own pocket for his freedom. He'll be spending the first time in one week with his family. Even supporters are giving him a warm welcome home.
Signs of support sitting on the porch of the Butlers.
"Tom, welcome home," said one of the cards on a plant sitting on his porch.
Dr. Thomas Butler is a free man for now and he couldn't be happier.
"What do you have to say?" asked NewsChannel 11.
"I'm glad to be out," said a smiling Dr. Butler as he entered the United States Marshall Office.
Butler was seen embracing his family. But soon, Dr. Butler will have to embrace the outcome of a federal case against him. Dr. Butler is being accused of lying to the FBI when he told them 30 vials of bubonic plague were missing.
Dr. Butler's lab, 4C-142, is locked. It will remain that way indefinitely.
That's part of the long list of stipulations Dr. Butler must follow in order to get our of jail:
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center placed Butler on paid administrative leave. Butler makes around $130,000 a year.
13 conditions worked out between the U.S. Attorney Dick Baker and Butler's defense attorney Floyd Holder.
"Well, when you negotiate, there's always a give and take," said Holder.
NewsChannel 11 was told by the federal government that they felt Dr. Butler was a flight risk, but to reassure the government, Dr. Butler has put his house up for collateral if he does leave. We're told it's worth about $200,000.
NewsChannel 11 will continue to ask these questions until we get answers:
We may not have these answers until this case is over. An arraignment date has not been set for Dr. Butler.