Woman pleads guilty in death of New Hampshire couple buried on Texas beach


James Butler and Michelle Butler were traveling through Texas in October 2019 en route to Florida when family members reported them missing.

James and Michelle Butler.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — One of two Utah residents charged with capital murder for killing a New Hampshire couple found buried on a South Texas beach in 2019 pleaded guilty Tuesday to a murder charge lesser.

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Amanda Noverr, 34, of Logan, Utah, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple crimes, including murder, under a plea deal with prosecutors, Corpus Christi Caller-reported Times. Noverr, who remained at Kleberg County Jail in Kingsville, pleaded in a sentencing videoconference with State District Judge Jack Pulcher.

The plea came three months after co-defendant Adam C. Williams, 35, of Logan, Utah, was sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to capital murder in a deal with prosecutors. The plea was in exchange for prosecutors sparing him the death penalty.

Prosecutors previously said they would seek the death penalty for the murders of James Butler, 48, and Michelle Butler, 46.

The butlers were traveling across Texas to Florida, where they planned to sell Christmas trees. Members of their family reported them missing on October 16 and their bodies were found in a shallow grave on October 27 on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi.

Williams and Noverr were arrested in the Mexican state of Jalisco after a surveillance photo showed the couple crossing the Mexican border in a car belonging to the butlers.


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