Prosecutors said they intend to pursue the death penalty for at least one of the two people charged with capital murder in the deaths of a New Hampshire couple found buried at a South Texas beach in 2019.
Adam C. Williams, 35, appeared before 105th District Judge Jack Pulcher over Zoom Tuesday for a status meeting held at the Kleberg County Courthouse. Prosecutors said during the hearing they would seek the death penalty against Williams, if he is convicted at trial.
The hearing was held almost two years after James and Michelle Butler’s bodies were found in a shallow grave on South Padre Island.
Williams, along with Amanda Noverr, was indicted in October 2020 by a Kleberg County grand jury with intentionally and knowingly fatally shooting the New Hampshire couple during a “criminal transaction.”
Noverr, 34, also appeared before Pulcher for a status meeting on Tuesday, over Zoom.
It was unclear immediately if prosecutors were also considering pursuing the death penalty against her.
Pulcher, citing the slow progress of crime lab testing of evidence due to COVID-19, delayed both William and Noverr’s criminal jury trials, which had been set to begin July 12.
Instead, another set of status hearings will be held sometime in early August.
Williams and Noverr were initially accused of stealing James and Michelle Butler’s pickup truck. They were later indicted for tampering with evidence, felony theft and unlawful possession of a firearm, records show.
On Oct. 22, a Kleberg County Grand Jury indicted Noverr and Williams for capital murder.
A gag order has been issued in the case.
Kailey E. Hunt covers breaking news and public safety in South Texas. Help support more local coverage with a subscription at caller.com/subscribe.