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Talisha Butler found guilty of heat of passion manslaughter in 2020 killing of Christopher Johnson



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Vicksburg Police Lt. Joe Shows and Talisha Butler (Photo by David Day)
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The trial of Talisha Butler has came to an end with the jury finding Butler guilty of heat of passion manslaughter.

In July 2020, Christopher Johnson was shot and killed behind Boston Fish on Clay Street in front of a number of witnesses allegedly after an altercation with Butler.

First responders could not save Johnson. He bled out on the scene.

In an interview, then Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore stated that Butler called 911 to report that she had shot Johnson shortly after the incident occurred. After a conversation with Moore, Butler turned herself into authorities. Butler was subsequently arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Judge Angela Carpenter initially set Butler’s bond at $500,000, but was quickly reduced to $50,000 by Judge Marcie Southerland. Butler was able to bond out a day later.

[Update: VDN was present at the trial and has provided a separate article detailing the events which unfolded in the courtroom. Click here to read more.]

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