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Brother Says Dula Chased Victim

Andre Dula is charged with first degree and third degree murder in the killing of William Benjamin “Ben” Butler on July 17.

Andre Dula, the suspect in , attended a preliminary hearing today at which the victim's brother told the court that Dula had chased after the victim with a gun.

Dula is charged with first degree murder, third degree murder and related charges.

Assistant District Attorney, John Walko, called two witnesses during the hearing, both of whom were at the scene on July 17: Kevin Butler, the brother of victim William Benjamin “Ben” Butler, and Chappell Washington-Freer, a friend of William Butler.

Kevin Butler was a backseat passenger in the vehicle that . He testified that they were out looking for Dula and when they spotted him walking near the North Hills train station, William Butler said, “There he is, right there,” and then jumped out of the still-moving car.

Kevin Butler testified that he saw his brother throw a punch at Dula, but wasn't sure if it landed. He then watched as William Butler turned and ran away from Dula. He said he saw Dula chase William, and as Dula approached the bottom of the hill on other side of the underpass, he witnessed Dula reach for something at his hip, then continued to chase William up the hill with his arm extended holding a firearm.

He said he heard three rapid shots in succession and then saw Dula run in the opposite direction from which he was originally walking.

Washington-Freer said she was driving a car also looking for Dula and testified that there were three vehicles in all that were out together in search of Dula that evening, all driving together.

She testified, through her tears, that she pulled in behind the car in which William Butler was riding, but then continued on and made a U-turn in the train station parking lot and stopped her car near Station Rd. She said when she stopped, she saw William Butler and Dula running. “Ben was getting chased,” she said.

She said she saw Dula reach for something in his waistband and at that point she closed her eyes because she was scared, but heard three shots fired.

The next thing she said she heard was something drop on the backseat of her car and when she turned around it was William Butler, who had been shot.

“I was just seeing blood,” said Washington-Freer.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back. Hofman ruled the death was a homicide.

Detectives on the case checked the firearms license of Dula and records showed that Dula did not possess a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm and is not eligible for a license to carry.

Defense attorney John I. McMahon, Jr., asked Magisterial District Judge Juanita Price to dismiss the first degree murder charge, as Dula did not have intent to kill and because he was approached by three cars full of people who were looking for him.

However, Walko, who represents the state in this case, argued that intent to kill can be formed in an instant.

McMahon told Patch after the hearing that Dula's defense team intends on taking this case to trial and arguing that Dula’s actions were in self defense.

He said he was disappointed that the first degree murder charges were not dismissed today and that Dula plans to plead not guilty.

Walko told Patch that the victim was running away from the scene and was shot in the back, so it’s not a self defense case.

Damien black August 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Love u bro u be home soon. SNOOK!!!
nopesdf August 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
he is safer in jail. believe that.
Lynn Rivers August 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Love you cuz!! Stay Strong only God knows your heart and the TRUTH!!! This is what I mean..He's safer in jail is a threat..isn't how this thing jump off everybody needs to think...because he's not the only one with BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!
freedula August 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Free dula....we fear non but Allah
Ecyb August 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Free dula.. love you man! -E
somebodies mommy October 04, 2012 at 07:17 AM
As a parent of one of the young people at the scene that evening... I believe our young people are victims of today's society. I remember riding my bike, playing jump rope, hide & go seek, red light/green light, saying cheers, skateboarding, making snow angels or just catching a cool breeze sitting on my steps. What happened? I know modern technology: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, video games, texting, hip-hop(new, not that I'm a hater of hip-hop, just it's violent side. Our hip-hop or rap was fun)or any other form of social media. I remember how much I loved to go outside and play. Our young people have to much at their disposal and have to many of the wrong influences that their minds, bodies and spirits just can't handle not matter how much they think they can. Also lack of guidance plays a major part. I remember the days of, "knock this stick of my shoulder" and there was a fair fight, that same person was your friend the next time you met. The old saying sticks & stones make break your bones but names will never hurt me,should have been thought about in this week or how ever long build up. People are going to talk about you always in one way or the other. I pray every night for these families as well as the persons who witnessed this heinous crime. We can all become heated, upset, mad, disrespected
somebodies mommy October 04, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Or just plain pissed off, but we have to understand when you react in a way sometimes there is no do over, take back or sike. Please read the Serenity Prayer & just love each other.
Free Dula 215 October 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
love you cuzn keep ya head up
Free Dula 215 October 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
and some this info on here not true yall need to get yall facts straight all that chasing him n running down stairs not true. yall need to bring up ben criminal backgroung n see what type of stuff he did n look at dula he dont got not 1 record !
CrisantoPanghulan February 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM
You'll beat that case homie!!.i know dula inside the jail his my celly very laid back dude and his all about his religion. Keep ya head up Mah dawg!!.have faith and you'll beat that like mine I beat it like you always said homie I'm gonna beat it!..you going to spank it!!.we always sing we gonna spank it we gonna spank it homie!!..take care of your self in there dawg!!.you always in my prayer vato!!.its your boy Chris WEST COAST!!..aite cuz!!
dara washington March 16, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I love you dula we all do.its only natural to hurt when your loved one is hurt.I think of dre facing 10 years or more and I kno he's a good person n its not fair.young black men weren't born for this,they were meant to rule the world.I used to date ben and I love him too,its not fair and my prayers go out to eb, jasmine,dj and everyone hurt in this futility

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