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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Cartier Hunter and Giovonte Douglas

On June 27, 2016, defendants Cartier Hunter and Giovonte Douglas were convicted for the premeditated first degree murder of Charles Hiawatha Butler. Defendant Hunter was found to have personally discharged a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On December 22, 2011, at about 10:30 am, victim Charles Butler was parking his car in front of the Northside Market at the corner of 45th and Market. While parking his car, Mr Butler made contact with Defendant Giovante Douglas’ car. A passenger in Douglas’ car, Defendant Carier Hunter, immediately exited the car as Defendant Douglas approached Mr Butler. After exchanging words, Defendant Douglas returned to his car and drove away from the store, leaving Defendant Hunter behind.

While Douglas was away, Defendant Hunter followed Mr Butler into the market and repeatedly confronted him. In between these confrontations, Defendant Hunter would walk outside and look up and down the street for Defendant Douglas to return. A short time later, Mr Butler got in his car and drove towards his home located a few blocks away. Defendant Douglas returned to the Market area, picked up Defendant Hunter, and the two of them raced after Mr Butler.

Two blocks from the Market, at the corner of 46th and West, Defendant Hunter exited the passenger side of Defendant Douglas’ car. Defendant Hunter approached Mr Butler’s car at the stop sign and fired multiple times into Mr Butler’s vehicle, striking Mr Butler in the head. Mr Butler’s vehicle continued forward and crashed into a parked car. The defendant’s fled the scene.

Defendant Cartier Hunter and Defendant Giovonte Douglas are scheduled to be sentenced on September 9, 2016.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Butch Ford with assistance from DA Inspector Caesar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

(Docket #175142)

Posted on Jul 22, 2016