Butler Pleads Not Guilty - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/03

Butler Pleads Not Guilty

Not guilty, that's what the Texas Tech Professor at the center of the Bubonic Plague scare pleaded Friday to all 15 charges against him.

Dr. Thomas Butler was in a Lubbock Federal Court to make his plea. He is charged with lying about the whereabouts of several vials of the Bubonic Plague Bacteria. He originally said he had lost the vials, but later admitted to destroying them. Prosecutors say he also illegally transported the bacteria to labs in Colorado, Maryland, and overseas.

At this point, his trial is set for July 7th, but his defense attorney's asked a judge to delay the trial until the fall. Butler is currently free on bond, but declined comment while leaving court. The judge did rule that he was no longer required to wear the electronic monitoring device around his ankle.

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