COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced an arrest in the murder of a 43-year-old man who was shot to death in his home on April 8, 2017.
Bouvia Sales is charged with murder, burglary, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He was formally charged on June 12. He is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Police went to Butler's home to investigate a break-in and found the door kicked in. Police entered the home and found Butler, Sr. dead.
The investigation shows that Sales reportedly broke into the home at 2353 Candwenn Court and stole clothing and a flat-screen TV. During the burglary, Butler, Sr. and his son returned home. Sales then allegedly shot and killed Butler, Sr. and then shot at his son, who was able to run away and call 911.
A key piece of evidence found in the home linked Sales to the crime, Holbrook said.
Chief Holbrook also said that Sales reportedly confessed to three other people regarding the crime.
Marlon Butler's mother could not hold back tears as news of the arrest was released at police headquarters. Many other relatives of the victim were also there for the announcement.
"He [Marlon] had lovely kids and still has lovely kids but he's not here to be with them and I think that's the most devastating part of it," the victim's uncle Bobby Rogers said.
"It's just devastating to our family but now at least we got some closure started and we gonna try to go forward even though it's a long process," Rogers continued.
Meanwhile, close to Butler's home on Candwenn Court, several residents were also relieved by news of the arrest.
"I mean he was just a popular, nice, all-around guy," Debra Pringle said of Butler, "ya know there's nothing that I know that I can say negative about him."