Man to plead guilty in Lauderdale Co. capital murder case, Florence Police say

Justin Butler, a.k.a. Pop-A-Molly, was indicted last year for the 2013 shooting death of Eric Watkins in Lauderdale County.

Posted: Oct 1, 2018 2:24 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2018 11:26 AM

UPDATE: According to Florence Police, Justin Butler is pleading guilty on Friday, November 30 to murder for the death of Eric Watkins.


A capital murder case in the Shoals will be pushed back a couple of months.

Butlers trial was slated to start later in October but has now been moved to December. Butler was actually serving time on a murder charge out of the Carolinas when he was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury last year.

According to court records, investigators believe he shot and killed Eric Watkins in 2013 over drugs.

Officials said they are seeking life without parole in Butler's case. He is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

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