Girlfriend charged in shooting death of former SC State football player

Published: Apr. 27, 2013 at 2:10 AM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2013 at 2:10 AM EDT
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Ashley Butler (Source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)
Ashley Butler (Source: Edgefield County Sheriff's Office)

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The live-in girlfriend of a former South Carolina State football player has been charged in his death.

23-year-old Ashley Butler is charged with murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Otis Matthew Key Jr.

Investigators say Key was shot in the chest after an argument. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the home the couple shared.

Butler is being held at the Edgefield County jail. It wasn't known if she had an attorney.

Deputy Coroner David Burnett said after Key was shot, he was taken to the Edgefield County Hospital where he died. An autopsy was performed Saturday.

Key's career as defensive tackle with the Bulldogs ended in 2009.

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