Indictments handed down related to Butlers' deaths

Kleberg and Kenedy Counties District Attorney John Hubert (right) addressed the media in a press conference Wednesday morning to provide an update in the ongoing investigation into the deaths of James and Michelle Butler.

A man and woman authorities believe may be connected to the deaths of James and Michelle Butler were each indicted on three felony charges by a Kleberg County grand jury, but no chargers for murder were included.

In a press conference held Wednesday morning, Kleberg and Kenedy Counties District Attorney John Hubert said the counts against Adam Curtis Williams and Amanda Noverr were for unlawful possession of a firearm, theft and tampering with physical evidence.

They were given the tampering charge in relation to alleged efforts to “conceal” the Butlers’ bodies, court records obtained by the Kingsville Record and Bishop News stated.

Hubert would not comment on any specifics regarding the counts, but did mention investigators and prosecutors are “still waiting on evidence” related to the ongoing murder investigation into the Butlers’ deaths.

Hubert was asked about his confidence level in getting convictions, but he said his office would follow the legal process, no matter how it plays out.

“We don’t file cases unless we think we can get a conviction – however everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Hubert said. “I hesitate to speculate about what evidence will be more important than not.”

Hubert said at this time there is no court date set for Noverr and Williams to go to trial for the three charges.

The Butlers were last seen at Padre Balli Park around noon on Oct. 14, 2019.

The couple’s RV and truck were then parked near Beach Marker 263 on Padre Island, according to a Facebook post by Michelle Butler on Oct. 15. 

Friends of the couple reportedly told investigators the two were traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and were scheduled to arrive there Nov. 20.

The couple was reported missing by family members on Oct. 16, and the bodies were discovered on Oct. 27 in a shallow grave near Padre Balli Park.

Williams and Noverr were allegedly seen in a photograph driving what investigators said was the Butlers’ truck.

They were both later arrested in Mexico and eventually booked into the Kleberg County jail.

This is a developing story. Check back to KingsvilleRecord.com for updates.

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