Family, Investigators seek new leads in Lamesa cold case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/10

Family, Investigators seek new leads in Lamesa cold case

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – One year ago 65-year-old Willie Butler was found beaten to death inside his own home and now the homicide investigation into his death has turned cold.

"I'd just like to know who did it," said Dorothy Hunter, a question she has asked for the past year after her brother's body was discovered.

The investigation quickly became a homicide but after no arrests her family is pleading to anyone who may have any clues. "If they know who killed my brother please come forward. We need closure," said Ruby Butler, Willie's sister.

It's a year old cold case. Lamesa Police Chief Richard Garcia keeps the case file nearby. With dead end evidence, 22 statements and no arrests his investigators need new leads. "We would almost beg them to come forward and give us what little information they have. It is more than we have now," said Garcia, who wants to solve this case for the Butler family.

Investigators found no signs of forced entry leading them to believe whoever killed Willie knew him and that is what his family thinks too. "I feel like for him to let them into the house in the middle of the night or in the morning that he had to know them. It was someone he trusted," said Hunter.

Willie's family says he loved to play golf and in his spare time would sit on his front porch enjoying life, a life they want to know who took. "It's going to be told. I don't know when, but I hope it is soon," said Willie's sister Ruby Butler.

"I believe someone besides the killer knows something," said Chief Garcia.

If you have any information about this case you are urged to call Dawson County authorities at 806-872-TIPS or (8477). Investigators say any amount of information is helpful. 

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