Six months after Texas RV murder arrests – What now?

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By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Last fall the RVing community was shocked and outraged when an RVing couple, James and Michelle Butler, were first reported missing, then discovered to be the victims of murder on a Padre Island, Texas, beach. A month later, two “persons of interest” were located in Mexico and brought back to the U.S., where they were charged with felony theft (for the Butlers’ pickup truck), tampering with physical evidence, and felon in possession of a firearm.

It’s now been more than six months since the arrest of Adam Williams and his girlfriend, Amanda Noverr, who remain in jail in separate facilities in Texas. No murder charges filed. No movement toward court. Many wonder: Just what’s the holdup? Prosecutors suggest we can blame it on coronavirus.

In a story published by The New Hampshire Union Leader (the home state from where the Butlers hailed), Texas prosecutors were questioned about the seeming glacial speed at which the case is progressing.

Kleberg County, Texas, D.A. John T. Hubert told the paper that things were slow in the crime lab even before COVID-19 came to town. Now, he says, the office staff is cut back, and the pace is even slower. There is indeed evidence to be tested, some of it for DNA, but, says Hubert, “Sometimes the process isn’t as fast as we’d like it.”

On the sandy site where James and Michelle were found last October, a couple of crosses act as a memorial to the young full-timing RV couple. A local man has adopted the memorial and tends it carefully. Meanwhile, friends and family wait.

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Larry & Bev Lee
2 months ago

This was an awful thing that happened. My wife and I were there at that same time and heard about the murders a few days later. This has completely freaked my wife out and i don’t think we will ever be able to boondock again. Were almost certain we saw their trailer and truck as there were only about 12 or so rigs in the area while we were there Oct 16th and 17th 2019. I hope they throw away the key on them!!!!!

B.Grady
4 months ago

The same pathetic excuse of “the wheels of justice turn slowly”.

Although Texas is #1 in lethal injection deaths for capital murder offenses, many of their death row inmates live an extra 10, 20 and, in recent years, an extra 30 years after receiving their death sentencing. Years that their victims and families never enjoyed.

This incarcerated couple with their prior records, this heinous act of killing an innocent couple, and being caught in possession of a stolen truck and RV in a foreign country is more than enough proof the word GUILTY should be tattooed across their foreheads.

Hopefully, the “wheels of justice” will start accelerating at warp speed.

Denny
4 months ago

It doesn’t sound like the couple even had a chance. I guess no one will every know. Wonder if one of the couple even carried a weapon? Even then most likely they never had a chance. In today’ world killing someone doesn’t mean a thing to many individuals. IMHO RV’ers are EZ Pickens to those that want something so bad they kill for it. Or hate someone so bad for whatever reason they kill them. I can carry whatever wherever on me but let my guard down turned my back for a second and that could be that.

Once in A rest area in NC a fellow asked me to come over and con gratulate this other fellow who had just won a lot of money. I was stupid and just walked over to a bunch of guys standing in front of a semi and it turned out to be a money giveaway sans scam card game I was asked if I had a few bucks on me I started backing away a guy said hey buddy it’s ok started to reach out for me but for some unknown reason I had tucked an automatic Inside my belt just before i got out of my MH To take my dog for a walk don’t know why I never had before. Anyway i raised my untucked tee shirt as I backed away so they could see the gun said no I am leaving and quickly turned and walked two semi’s away to my RV and left and as I passed the guys I got the third finger salute from most of them. My wife was livid why did you go over there I watched the whole thing that’s not like you! I said I don’t know just to be neighborly I guess I have no clue why. And why did I tuck my automatic in my pants that one time. Would I have used it? I will never ever forget that. I think about it most every time I stop to fuel up or stop to take my dog out at a rest stop. I still shake my head.

Maybe my guardian angel was looking out for me.

rollin
4 months ago

Hadn’t hear of this one, how terribly sad…….

Their justice seems as slow as that meted out by Sessions and now Barr.

Guess we’ll have to ALL wait on the justice of the Lord God Almighty? That’s what He said, anyway.

Sharon B
4 months ago

Disgusting in how long it takes to prosecute murderers. Is it the who is paying whom? Or is it just plain lazy BS. Something as important as this should be priority. Another failure in the system.

Randy
4 months ago

Maybe their supporters should go to Mexico and loot and riot.

www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Please, we have enough trouble here in Mexico don’t send us your rejects.

Linda J
4 months ago

Hopefully Texas law will prevail….even if it’s a wait for the family. Texas does not think kindly of murderers and I hope the book is thrown at them and they get life in prison or death penalty. RIP James & Michelle.

mdstudey
4 months ago

With summer already upon us here in S. Texas they will be moving even slower.

Glenlsch
4 months ago

Maybe we should organize a RV park in and have a couple hundred RV’ers show up and line the streets in a peaceful protest of the slow process of bring these two to justice.

Sharon B
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenlsch

I agree. We protested the War in Vietnam and finally got it shut down. Why not do this now!!

rollin
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenlsch

Guess I won’t say what I want to say about a more exciting and involved process of executing their justice.

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago

Good thing they didn’t let them out of jail because of the virus like they’ve done in several places where they let all manner of crooks out.

Walker
4 months ago

Just wondering…if a felony theft and obvious murder takes this long for this county D.A., to get rolling, just how long would it take them to handle lesser crimes?

TravelingMan
4 months ago
Reply to  Walker

Better yet…What does it take to be considered a “high profile” quick case (in the name of speed)?

The federal government sponsors studies to see how fast ketchup will flow down a wall faster than this.

Ken
4 months ago

James and Michelle didn’t deserve what happened as they enjoyed this phase of life. They certainly don’t deserve the injustice of ongoing delays.

The news world probably doesn’t see much value in reporting a story of people murdered that they might see as “transients “. No surprise some people were not aware.
Boondocking issues such as this has eliminated my wife’s thoughts for us, even though there are those that have seen marvellous sights enjoying life away from society. So sad.

rollin
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Boondocking???

Minimum requirements: Pistol, AR15, Scattergun.

AND THE WILL TO USE THEM.

Lola Smith
4 months ago

I am in Texas and never heard anything about this in the news. Why?

Ron L
4 months ago
Reply to  Lola Smith

it was all over the news, not sure why you specifically never heard anything about it.

TravelingMan
4 months ago
Reply to  Ron L

Agreed. At least in the DFW area. But it was only shown for a couple of days and then nothing….I’m appreciative that this article followed up. We have been wondering about it for a while.

Kathy Derting
4 months ago
Reply to  Lola Smith

Not sure how you missed it. When they became
missing, it all over news, (Local & national news) and social media.

Mark Birnbaum
4 months ago

Maybe we need a movement? RVLM. RVer Lives Matter.

At the very least, we could lobby to pass a law: Possession of stolen RV…After any felony charges are satisfied, probation with 10 years of public service emptying and flushing black water tanks”

TravelingMan
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Birnbaum

And if they spill one drop, back to the slammer for a hundred years for environmental catastrophe!

rollin
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Birnbaum

You’re way too liberal in your punishment.

Einar
4 months ago

What a SHAME!! They should have been on top of things way before this. Yes the family has some Closure. But when you have the possible two sitting in a cell, things should have been sped up to make sure that they get what they deserve. Instead of us all paying to have them sitting in a cell with meals and a roof over their heads. I guess it’s true that things are bigger in Texas, along with the excuses for justice.

Bob p
4 months ago
Reply to  Einar

I would venture a guess you live in Texas since you claim to be paying for their incarceration. I don’t live in Texas so I’m not paying, however I do believe in capital punishment as it does eliminate repeat offenders. I lived in AL until 4 years ago where they have the “3 time loser law” where if your convicted of a felony 3 different times you automatically get life in prison without parole. I’m totally against the ideal of supporting a criminal 50+ years. Instead if convicted the third time take them out back of the courthouse and shoot them. I don’t agree with very many middle eastern ideals, but where they let the punishment fit the crime has a lot of credibility. They tend to eliminate repeat offenders, you steal lose a hand, steal again you lose the other hand, if you commit a rape, yep you guessed it, you lose it.

TravelingMan
4 months ago
Reply to  Einar

And internet, Gym privileges, satellite TV, medical, dental, probably tattoo services, conjugal visits, cell phone service and play time.

rollin
4 months ago
Reply to  Einar

Justice, leftist style……..

Is kind to the criminal

And vicious to the victim.